School-aged children can explore with scientists in a series of online programs | Entertainment

AUGUSTA — School-aged children are invited to spend time this spring exploring with scientists at the WK Kellogg Biological Station.

Exploring with Scientists, an online series, connects elementary and high school students with graduate students and others conducting ecological research at the Station. Each of the six programs, which will take place over Zoom, will focus on an animal or insect and explain how scientists collect data for their studies. Participants will be able to ask questions via the Q&A function.

Sessions are Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Attend one session or all six. Teachers and families learning from home are encouraged to participate. Exploring with scientists is also a great extracurricular activity. Register on

The series is free and registration is required to access meeting information. Presenters are Michigan State University staff and graduate students involved in research at KBS.

Some Exploring with Scientist programs are also available as virtual field trips.

Exploration program with scientists:

• March 1 – “How do some species avoid extinction? Join Kyle Jaynes to learn more about the field of herpetology. Expand your knowledge of amphibians and reptiles and find out what is being done to increase their populations and how certain species avoid extinction.

• March 8 – “How do we really do science? » Find out what happens behind the scenes to collect the field and laboratory data that are used to answer our questions in ecology.

• March 15 – “In what ways do insects attack plants and how can plants defend themselves?” Join Luke Zehr as he explores the ecology of plants and the insects that eat them. Discover how plants interact with other organisms in their environment, such as herbivorous or herbivorous insects.

• March 22 – “Do birds avoid noisy habitats? Join Elizeth Cinto-Mejía in the discovery of ornithology. Learn about bird conservation and find out how noise pollution affects birds, including whether birds tend to avoid louder environments.

• April 5 – “How do microbes help plants grow? Join Nameer Baker in exploring microbial ecology. Learn about the microscopic bacteria and fungi that live all around us and are responsible for recycling the nutrients that all living things depend on, including ourselves.

April 12 – “How do pollinators affect the evolution of flower shape?” Join Robin Waterman in exploring evolutionary biology. Come learn about the pollination process, flower anatomy, and how evolution can connect the two.

Register for any or all programs to receive secure meeting details. For more information, contact Kellogg’s Bird Sanctuary at [email protected] or 269-671-2510.