This educational collaboration between Washington University's Tyson Research Center and the Missouri Botanical Garden's Shaw Nature Reserve is designed to engage St. Louis area high school students in scientifically-based exploration of the natural world. Linked programs of field training (SIFT) and field research (TERF) provide teenagers with experiences that realistically reflect research in environmental biology. Participating teens learn a variety of field investigation skills and then have the opportunity to put those new skills to work assisting career scientists with real research projects.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Tyson Specimen Inventory Project

We offered an indoor work project at Tyson Research Center on Saturday, January 17th. Four SIFTers worked with Tyson scientists Kevin Smith and Travis Mohrman to inventory the large collection of vertebrate specimens housed in the Tyson research bunker. Eventually SIFTers will help set up a computerized catalogue file and update the taxonomic and systematics information for the specimens.

Learning about the project goals (and getting used to the smell of the bunker!)

Explaining which bones are left in and which bones are taken out

Okay, it's a rodent, but which rodent???

Basics of bird identification

Getting to know the field guides

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