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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 9-14 are invited to spend some time this spring exploring with scientists from the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station.  

Exploring with Scientists, an online series, connects upper elementary and middle school students with graduate students conducting ecological research at the Station. Each of the three programs, which will be held on Zoom, will focus on an 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 Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Teachers and families learning from home are encouraged to participate. 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, Elizeth Cinto-Mejía, Kyle Jaynes and Alice Puchalsky, are Michigan State University graduate students who are conducting research at KBS. 

Exploring with Scientist programs also are available as virtual field trips. 

Exploring with Scientists schedule 

April 8—How do some frogs avoid extinction?
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. 

April 22—Do birds avoid noisy habitats?
With Elizeth Cinto-Mejía

Join Elizeth in discovering ornithology. Learn about bird conservation and learn about how noise pollution affects birds, including whether birds tend to avoid noisier environments. Register. 

May 6—Where do moths carry pollen?
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. Register. 

Register for each individual program to receive secure meeting details. Questions? Contact the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary 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’s grounds and trails remain open to visitors who observe proper safety and distancing guidelines, The Auditorium restrooms are open, though other buildings—including the Resource Center and Gift Shop—are closed. A walk-up window is available for guests to pay admission and purchase souvenirs or corn to feed the waterfowl. Current hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Please consider supporting the Sanctuary by becoming a member. 

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. For more information about K-12 teacher and student resources, visit kbs.msu.edu/education/k-12.