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Virtual BioBlitz Family Fun Festival Resources
Jun 08
2020

Virtual BioBlitz Family Fun Festival Resources

By Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

While the format of our BioBlitz Family Fun Festival was a bit different this year, we hope that you still enjoyed a fun day of learning how to be a citizen scientist at home, working to embrace nature in your own backyard and taking part in fun experiments and activities. We have uploaded various resources from our Virtual BioBlitz Family Fun Festival to this blog post for you to enjoy in the future! Thank you to all who attended and made this a successful event!


Presenters
We'd like to thank our awesome presenters for making this year's Virtual BioBlitz a success! View the presenters from this year's BioBlitz below.

Brandon Hoenig, Duquesne Univeristy | Poop! What It Tells Us About the Bird World
Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens | What Can We Learn from Skulls?
Bernie and Verna McGinley, Phipps Volunteers | Reptiles
Dr. Tim Pearce, Carnegie Museum of Natural History | Magnificent Mollusks
Robin Menard, Phipps Instructor | Botanical Drawing
Dr. Ryan Gott, Phipps Conservatory | Entomology Explorations
Michelle Valkanas, Duquesne University | Water and Pollution
Rachel Reeb, University of Pittsburgh | Native and Invasive Plants
Mushroom Club of Western PennsylvaniaMushroom and Lichens
Rebecca Kiernan, City of Pittsburgh Resilience Office | Green in the City
Commonwealth Charter Academy | Virtual Tour of an Aquaponics Teaching Lab
Julie Travaligni, Allegheny Land TrustConnecting to Nature as a Family
Citizen Science Lab | Experiments! 
Dr. Sebastian Echeverri, University of Pittsburgh | SuperPowered Spiders


Presentations
Take a look from presentations from our Virtual BioBlitz Family Fun Festival this past Sun., June 7! 

Connecting as a Family on Nature Walks | Allegheny Land Trust
Water Pollution | Michelle Valkanas, Duquesne University


Resources
Look through resources from our presenters and expand your learning

Amphibians and Reptiles on the Pennsylvania Endangered and Threatened Species List
Reptile Diagram
Snake Diagram
Turtle Diagram


Activity Sheets
Download these fun activity sheets to participate in the BioBlitz fun from home!

Download the Activity Sheet for Bird Beak Buffet
Download the Activity Sheet for Bird World Bingo
Download the Activity Sheet for Botanical Illustration – Creating a Ginko Leaf
Download the Activity Sheet for the City of Pittsburgh Wild Pittsburgh Booklet
Download the Activity Sheet for Conducting Your Own Stream Assessment
Download the Activity Sheet for Dragonfly Pond
Download the Activity Sheet for Egg Shell Geodes
Download the Activity Sheet for Family Plastics Audit
Download the Activity Sheet for In a Grasshopper's World
Download the Activity Sheet for a Lake Ecology Activity
Download the Activity Sheet for a Photo Scavenger Hunt
Download the Activity Sheet for Red Cabbage as a pH Indicator
Download the Activity Sheet for Seed Need
Download the Activity Sheet for Trees of PA 


Videos
Watch the videos below for more information corresponding to activity sheets, BioBlitz discussions and more!

Exploring pH
(Corresponds with Red Cabbage pH Activity Sheet)

Worm Anatomy

Setting Up a Bird Feeder and Brushpile Habitat

Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club
Can't make the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club chat? Watch this video!

Finding Bugs in Your Backyard

Two Minutes of Calm

Egg Shell Geodes


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