Baby, it’s cold outside! To mark the first day of winter on December 21st, we’d like to share this list of wintry Citizen Science projects by SciStarter. SciStarter is a fantastic website where you can discover, get involved in, and contribute to science research projects through recreational activities. They have over 600 citizen science projects listed!
Sites and Wonders
Richmond’s newest wild felines made their film debut after their birth on Oct. 6 at the Metro Richmond Zoo. Three male and two female cheetah cubs were born to first-time parents Lana and Kitu. While the cubs are too young to be moved to an enclosure visible to zoo-goers, Richmonders can still see the cheetah family in action with the help of the Cheetah Cam.
Calling all Boys and Ghouls... Curious George will be here for his Halloween BooFEST and you are invited! Plan to join us here at the station located at 23 Sesame Street, North Chesterfield, VA on Sunday, October 27 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. for some Halloween fun.
Here's a cool opportunity to see and learn about the amazing Atlantic Sturgeon in the James River! On the evenings of September 4 and September 16, join Dr. Matt Balazik, Sturgeon Biologist with the VCU Rice Center for the Sturgeon of the James River Tour.
There has been a LOT of commotion over these mysterious sporadic insects. The cicada emergence of 2013 has certainly caught the attention of a lot of people on the East Coast. As the southern states wrap up their cicada invasion, the northern portions of the country begin their turn! Here’s a recap of what happened in the Virginia area and tons of awesome footage provided courtesy of Mr. Roger Harris, ecologist and environmental scientist. So what's all this cicada business about anyway?
The term “supermoon” was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle over 30 years ago but is only now coming into popular usage. Nolle defined a “supermoon” as a new or full moon which occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. The first Supermoon of 2013 will be on the night of May 24-25.
Anyone can take part in a citizen science project that will contribute to our knowledge of periodical cicadas by submitting observations of cicada sightings to the Magicicada Mapping Project, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Equipped with accurate maps of periodical cicada emergences, scientists are better able to unlock the mysteries of the cicada.