Activity Set C: Field Study of Flowers and Pollinators

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Summary: In outdoor field settings, students investigate animal pollinators, most likely insects and hummingbirds. Student inquiry questions will be explored by collecting data on pollinator visits to flowers. Students count the number of pollinator visits to flowers during timed observation periods. They can also explore the percentage of pollinator visits by certain types of pollinators (e.g., butterflies, bees, beetles, etc.). Visitation rates (number of visits per minute) will be calculated, and pollinator visitation rates compared among plants. Students can also calculate the proportion of visits from each pollinator group. Students communicate with online scientist mentors about their investigations.

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