The Wyoming Biodiversity Citizen Science Initiative, or WyoBio, is a new, exciting web portal for connecting people - anyone - with biodiversity data in Wyoming. Have you ever wondered where pikas live? Or which species of Indian Paintbrush exist in your county? Have you seen a neat butterfly in your yard and wanted to tell someone about it? Are you looking for a place to explore Wyoming's incredible diversity of plants, animals and fungi?
WyoBio is the place for you. This web portal will allow anyone to search for any organism found in Wyoming, contribute their own data on what people see on a hike or in their yard, download a spreadsheet containing biodiversity data they're interested in, play with plant and animal data to see how it connects with climate, elevation and more.
- Connect and provide people with information about the plants, animals and fungi found in Wyoming.
- Allow anyone to upload observations of biological data they collect, and show them their data points on a map (individually and in connection with others').
- Create educational experiences for all users, adults and children alike, to foster a sense of wonder. Encourage users to become true citizen scientists who can form hypotheses and test them using WyoBio.
- Create a safe, online, consolidated place to house biodiversity data collected through a variety of organizations and individuals across the state.
If you have questions about the project or what we aim to achieve with WyoBio, please contact Juliet Slutzker, Project Coordinator at the Biodiversity Institute (firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-766-6240).
WyoBio's Education Side
We are placing a large emphasis on connecting WyoBio's functionality with education, especially with the Next Generation Science Standards. We want K-12 teachers to be able to use WyoBio to teach their students about Wyoming's biodiversity, and create opportunities for the children themselves to use the site to explore their questions about biodiversity.
To that end, we are working with a team of excellent Wyoming educators to create lesson plans, curricula and learning objectives that meet science standards and excite children at the same time. If you have questions about the educational possibilities of WyoBio, please contact Dr. Dorothy Tuthill, Associate Director of the Biodiversity Institute (email@example.com or 307-766-6279).
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