I feel like I’ve been waiting the whole, long Winter to write this post!
First, before I tell you about the coolest group science project ever, and a super easy way to keep your kids busy for a whole afternoon, I want to tell you that there is another group with a very similar name.
This post is about the Lost Ladybug Project.
If you go to look it up on your own one day, don’t confuse it with the Ladybug Project-a cool sounding group, but something totally different. Got it? Moving on….
What’s the Lost Ladybug Project? Basically, it’s a national effort to figure out what ladybugs are left, and where they are. Ladybugs eat any matter of other pesky critters, so their survival and movement has big implications, and scientists need our help coming up with the raw data.
How do you help?
You find ladybugs! The best time of year is early summer, before it’s too dry (we kind of skipped that this year), but I know we’ve seen a couple of them at our house. The site has suggestions about where to look and some instructions if you want to build your own nets with your older kids. And, of course, just looking for them is a big part of the adventure.
Found some? Now you need to take pictures of them. You don’t have to be an expert photographer-you just have to be able to get a good shot of it. Then, upload your pictures to the folks at the project. How cool is that?
I can imagine any number of ways a homeschool or Scout group could extend this project, and the site has tons of resources if you’d like to do just that, though, personally, I think the experience of being out in the field looking for them would be the best part for most kids-and what a cool way to help them understand the importance of creatures (and scientists) big and small!
Don’t forget to check back here for lots more summer adventures leading up to the big reveal of our 2014 South Sound Summer Guide. Woot!
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