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.

Monday, October 5, 2009

SIFT Grasshopper Survey

Another project surveyed Shaw Nature Reserve's grasshoppers. In this project, students netted grasshoppers from meadows, prairie, glade and woodland areas of the reserve (some using Kaleb's unique spinning technique). After lunch, representatives of each species were examined under stereoscopes, identified, and pinned for curation.

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