Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Elementary Students Mapping Virginia Wildlife

Date:
December 22, 1998
Source:
Virginia Tech
Summary:
When Christiansburg (Virginia) Elementary School (CES) wanted to start a wildlife mapping and tracking educational program for its students, it turned to an old friend, Virginia Tech's College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources. The college, through its Wildlife Society student members, began volunteer teaching at CES about all the great things to be found in the woods. Now in its second year, the classroom program has expanded to direct field research and data recording, practically unheard of at the elementary school level.

Blacksburg, Va., Dec. 17, 1998 -- When Christiansburg (Virginia) Elementary School (CES) wanted to start a wildlife mapping and tracking educational program for its students, it turned to an old friend, Virginia Tech's College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources. The college, through its Wildlife Society student members, began volunteer teaching at CES about all the great things to be found in the woods. Now in its second year, the classroom program has expanded to direct field research and data recording, practically unheard of at the elementary school level.

CES teacher Cathy Ney was able to get a $4,800 grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment to create a Wildlife Mapping Project. Part of the grant money was used to buy eight hand-held Global Positioning receivers that scientifically pinpoint, via satellites, the exact locations being studied. Young students record sitings of animals and birds on each expedition, noting the exact location and then sending that data to the state so that it can keep track of habitat patterns and areas where conservation may be needed. Virginia Tech's Museum of Natural History provided bird specimens to help the children learn to identify different species.

College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources students are continuing to help with classroom instruction on wildlife mapping and lead the field expedition groups. The first expedition this fall included nearly 60 CES students, parents, teachers, and Virginia Tech students, who gathered at the Montgomery County Frog Pond Park.

Kerrie Anne Mulvey, a junior majoring in wildlife sciences, and Cliff Hutt, a senior majoring in fisheries, co-chair the university chapter of the Wildlife Society's committee on community outreach and education. Chapter advisor is fisheries professor Ney (yes -- husband of CES teacher Cathy Ney). CES is now planning its own bird sanctuary on the school's ground. The Virginia Tech chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects has half a dozen volunteers working on designing the site.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Virginia Tech. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Virginia Tech. "Elementary Students Mapping Virginia Wildlife." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 December 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981222080110.htm>.
Virginia Tech. (1998, December 22). Elementary Students Mapping Virginia Wildlife. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 28, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981222080110.htm
Virginia Tech. "Elementary Students Mapping Virginia Wildlife." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981222080110.htm (accessed July 28, 2014).

Share This




More Plants & Animals News

Monday, July 28, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating

Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating

AP (July 28, 2014) Classes are being offered nationwide to encourage African Americans to learn about cooking fresh foods based on traditional African cuisine. The program is trying to combat obesity, heart disease and other ailments often linked to diet. (July 28) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge from Nest

Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge from Nest

AP (July 27, 2014) A live-streaming webcam catches loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings emerging from a nest in the Florida Keys. (July 27) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Russia Saves Gecko Sex Satellite, Media Has Some Fun With It

Russia Saves Gecko Sex Satellite, Media Has Some Fun With It

Newsy (July 27, 2014) The satellite is back under ground control after a tense few days, but with a gecko sex experiment on board, the media just couldn't help themselves. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Trees Could Save More Than 850 Lives Each Year

Trees Could Save More Than 850 Lives Each Year

Newsy (July 27, 2014) A national study conducted by the USDA Forest Service found that trees collectively save more than 850 lives on an annual basis. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins