Type of SmartWork:
How many living things can you "collect" using Active Explorer?
Short App Introduction
A BioBlitz is a timed Species Safari: you go into a park or yard and try to find as many different kinds of living things as you can in a given amount of time. For this Quest, you'll use your phone to "capture" each organism! Your Leader will tell you how much time you have.
A BioBlitz is a timed Species Safari: you go into a park or yard and try to find as many different kinds of living things as you can in a given amount of time. Or you can do a BioBlitz within a little circle-- maybe a meter wide-- and see how many things live in your little circle. For that kind of BioBlitz, you'll need some string or rope to create the little world you'll be studying.
Use your phone to "capture" each organism! Your Leader will tell you how much time you have.
One purpose of this Quest is for you to discover that there are lots of different kinds of living things that you might not even notice. For example, in a small patch of grass, there are probably ten or 15 kinds of little plants, some insects and worms, and other creatures too small to see without a magnifying glass or microscope.
See how many plants and animals you can find!
- To "collect" each creature, you can take a picture and add a caption with as much information as you can about it.
- Try to make the picture clear and sharp, and make sure it really shows what the plant or animal looks like.
- If you can't take a photo, you can draw a picture, making sure that you also type in notes about how big the organism is, what color, and anything else that might help you figure out what it is.
- Sometimes audio of bird calls or singing insects like crickets and cicadas can help you identify them.
- If you turn over a rock or log to look for creatures living underneath, make sure you replace it carefully when you're done-- after all, it's their home, and without that protection, they may die.
- Hint: Walk carefully and quietly, and try to spend time being very still and quiet to see if creatures that are hiding will come out.
- Hint 2: Anything that can fly, hop or run will probably clear out quickly when a bunch of kids comes by. So try to collect creatures that move first, before they're gone. Then move on to trees, shrubs, little plants, mushrooms and little insects too small to run far.
When you're done collecting, make a SmartWork project all about the things that live in your yard or park. It could be a book, slideshow, poster or comic.
There are lots of books and websites than can help you identify creatures. The website eNature is a good one to check out.
- Make a Map of your BioBlitz site
- Look for plants and animals in your site
- "Collect" each organism by taking a photo of it
- For each photo, type in a caption with what you think it is, and any other information about it
- If you can't get a good photo, Draw a Picture and Write Something
- You can also collect very short video clips
- Collect as many kinds of plants and animals as you can
- Don't forget tiny little things!
- When you're done collecting, create a SmartWork project that describes what you found
How many kinds of plants and animals did you find?
- From 1 to 10
- 11 to 20
- 21 to 30
- 31 to 40
- 41 or more
How many kinds of plants and animals do you think there REALLY are in your BioBlitz area, if you could look really closely with microscopes, and collect at different times of the day and night?
- Between 10 and 50
- Between 50 and 100
- Between 100 and 500
- Between 500 and 1000
- More than 1000
How many kinds of living things do you think there are in the world?
- 1000 - 10,000
- 10,000 - 100,000
- 100,000 - 1 million
- 1 million to 10 million
- Mote than 10 million