Challenge 5: Lizards on the Loose

For Individuals or Groups (2–5 students per group) — Maximum points: 300 (1 entry per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: Scientists have found that anole lizards throughout the Americas perch in many natural habitats, such as on trees, leaves, rocks, or on the ground. However as humans modify those habitats, they are also adding new types of perches for these lizards to live on, such as fences, walls, and poles. This year, students will assist the Lizards on the Loose scientists to investigate if lizards have a preference for natural or human-made perches. Students will conduct visual encounter surveys at their school or in their neighborhood and compile their observations and data into SchoolScapes. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Monday, April 17, 2023 to Sunday, April 23, 2023

Electronically submit the following:

Uploaded PDF file to entry form includes:

  • SchoolScape
  • Bibliography
✓  Entry Requirements:
 Schoolscape must be labeled with school name, student(s)’ name, and grade ON THE BACK
 Anole lizard observations must be uploaded to iNaturalist so Lizards on the Loose scientists can identify them. Each school must have a minimum of 50 iNaturalist observations
 Schoolscape illustration must be an original, 2-Dimensional, hand-rendered artwork; colored/graphite pencil, ink, marker or watercolor only, no computer-generated designs
 Maximum schoolscape size 12” x 16” with a maximum of 12 double-sided pages total: 10 double-sided pages for SchoolScapes and 2 double-sided pages for analysis
 Bibliography cites 3 sources and follows MLA or APA format
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

REQUIRED TEACHER WORKSHOP: Saturday, December 3, 2022 Time TBD
During this workshop we will introduce educators to concepts and techniques needed to facilitate the Lizards on the Loose Challenge and provide teachers with knowledge and resources needed to successfully carryout this Challenge in the classroom. Space is limited, registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration opens Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: 
For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 5 Evaluation Sheet

STATE ACADEMIC STANDARDS: 
This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 5 Benchmarks

CHALLENGE RESOURCES:
Dr. James Stroud: #LizardsontheLoose!
Florida Museum: Florida Lizards
More Resources coming soon!

iNaturalist Resources
Getting started with iNaturalist
A Teachers Guide to iNaturalist
Video Tutorials

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
PNAS: Toward an international definition of citizen science
Nature: No PhDs needed: how citizen science is transforming research

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