This was my birthday week and it was glorious. So blessed by good friends, good food and good times. I always feel like spring is finally here when my birthday comes because so much is blooming in our area.
Of course, the pollen has made a comeback too! Does anyone else suffer with seasonal allergies? The Neti pot really helps I have found.
Here are a few of my favorite finds this week:
Secret Codes with Legos
How fun is this! Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls shares this great idea to use Legos to create and decode secret messages. What can you and your kids create?
Help NASA Measure Trees with Your Smartphone
NASA has a citizen science program that you can be a part of on your next nature hike!
The GLOBE Observer app provides a step-by-step guide for people to collect scientific data on their surroundings. With the new GLOBE Trees feature of the app, observers record tree height by tilting their phone up and down to align the screen with the tree’s top branch and base, and pace off the distance to the tree; the app does the rest to calculate the tree’s height.
“With the GLOBE Observer, everyone can become a citizen scientist and easily take measurements to better understand their local ecosystem,” said Brian Campbell, GLOBE Trees science lead. Observers can measure one tree or hundreds. The data points – along with a GPS tag of the tree’s location – are sent back to NASA and collected in a database. Anyone can visualize all of the tree height and other GLOBE data simply by visiting the GLOBE website.
Apparently, fantasy birding is a thing. Kind of like fantasy football, people compete to collect the most bird sightings. It’s kind of fascinating and uses on my favorite apps for nature study. (FYI the article contains a little profanity :))
Participants in the main game compete to record the most species in the American Birding Association “area,” functionally the United States and Canada. The difference is that fantasy birders don’t have to spot the species themselves. Using eBird, a citizen-science database run by Cornell University where birders log their sightings, players select single locations on a map each day, and get credit for a bird if a real-life birder spots that species within a 10-kilometer radius that day. There’s also a global game for intrepid fantasy players hoping to spot birds around the world.
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