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Learn about the natural world, science careers with Kellogg Biological Station researchers

Know a young person with an interest in science and the natural world? Children ages 9-12 are encouraged to spend some time this summer Exploring with Scientists from the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station and the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. 

Exploring with Scientists is a new, online series that connects upper elementary and middle school students with graduate students conducting ecological research at the Station. Each of the three summer programs, which will be held on Zoom, will focus on a certain type of animal or insect and touch on how scientists collect data in the field. Participants will be able to submit questions related to natural history, research and science careers.

The series is free, and sessions take place on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required to access the interactive Zoom meetings. Sessions also will be streamed via Facebook Live on the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary page. The presenters, Kyle Jaynes, Lindsey Kemmerling and Alice Puchalsky, are Michigan State University graduate students who are conducting research at KBS.

Exploring with Scientists schedule

July 7—Moths with Alice Puchalsky

Join Alice in exploring the Lepidopteran world. Learn about how moths interact with their environment, about their important role as pollinators, and how scientists are working to conserve them.

July 21—Insects with Lindsey Kemmerling

Join Lindsey to examine the role of insects in farms. How do pollinators help plants grow? How do dung beetles create healthy soil? Lindsey will describe how insects help us grow food and how we can help to create habitat for them.

Aug. 4—Reptiles and amphibians with Kyle Jaynes

Join Kyle to learn about the field of herpetology. Grow your knowledge of amphibians and reptiles and find out what’s being done to increase their populations, and how some species avoid extinction.”

Register at any time ahead of each program at bit.ly/explore-science-register. Contact the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary with questions at birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu or (269) 671-2510.

About the Sanctuary

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to conserve native habitat for migratory and resident birds and to promote environmental awareness through research, education and outreach. Since 1928, the Sanctuary has served as a practical training school for animal care and land management, and remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts.

The Sanctuary is located at 12685 East C Ave., one mile north of M-89 and just west of 40th Street. The Sanctuary’s grounds and trails remain open to visitors, though buildings—including restrooms—are closed. Visitors must follow proper safety and distancing guidelines.

About Kellogg Biological Station

As Michigan State University’s largest off-campus educational complex, KBS has put its land-grant values into practice for nearly a century, providing the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities. KBS students and faculty work to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more, visit kbs.msu.edu.