This fall seven teams of students from Trinity’s introductory biology course are competing in a Wildlife CSI contest. At the close of Week 1, “Thirsty (for Knowledge) Thursdays” has made their presence know, but at this early stage things can change dramatically. Stay tuned and thanks to these citizen scientist students for their role in this research! Click table to enlarge.
A recent study has documented how African vultures when searching for food, carrion that often occurs in unpredictable locations, rely on visually locating eagles that have already found the food. Click here for further description of this work.
Our research shows the red-shouldered hawks in Connecticut are most likely to scavenge from compost piles when crows are already on the scene. Both studies point to how interspecific interactions within a community of scavengers can influence an individual species foraging behavior.
Our pilot project looking at veterans’ responses to wildlife images from ecological research runs through the end of September. With good participation by local veterans in this pilot, we hope to convince the National Science Foundation to fund an on-line citizen science program that will benefit not only Connecticut veterans, but veterans nationwide.
Changes to landscapes due to human activities can affect scavengers. Power line towers in relatively treeless sagebrush ecosystems are preferred nesting sites for ravens, birds which are both predators and scavengers. The addition of these artificial nesting locations appears linked to the raven’s increased abundance in these ecosystems over recent decades. For more on this, check out http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140811132302.htm
The Veterans’ Citizen Science Pilot Project was the subject of the July 21 “Sandbox Chronicles.” This program on Citizen Television in New Haven (Channel 96) focuses on the transition of Iraq and Afghan veterans. Video of the show will be posted later.
Our Veterans’ Citizen Science Pilot was featured on the July 18th airing of ”Voice of the Veteran” on WNHU, hosted by Gabe Kautzner and Justin Furuare. This show is dedicated to making veterans aware of resources available to aid their transition following military service.
During this year, we will not be offering a citizen science competition as we did last summer. Instead we are conducting a pilot study looking at the response of Veterans as they view wildlife images from our project and are gathering Veterans’ input regarding the development of this citizen science program. If you are a Veteran in the Connecticut area and would like to take part, please see the menu link above and the accompanying recruitment flier at Trinity College Veterans Citizen Science Flyer summer 2014