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Friday, September 29 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Your class of scientists- A Grouse and ptarmigan citizen science project

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Would you like your students to be citizen scientists? The Alaska Depratment of Fish and Game engages classes across Alaska to map grouse and ptarmigan populations. Despite the Willow Ptarmigan being our state bird, little is known about grouse and ptarmigan species. Biologists need your help gathering information on age and gender composition of these birds. Why can't we collect this data ourselves? Alaska is too big and there are too few scientists.

That's where your class comes in! Students gather hunter harvested grouse and ptarmigan wings. Using these samples they work with scientists to determine the age and gender of each bird. In the process, they explore bird ecology, anatomy and physiology, and the cultural importance of game birds. Intrigued? Come learn about grouse and ptarmigan ecology, identify the age and gender of birds using father patterns, and learn to input your data on our citizen science data collection website.


Heather McFarland

Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Friday September 29, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
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