Here are resources that will be useful background for developing iSWOOP programs and partnerships. They are grouped by central ideas.
Getting Started, Pointers for Scientists
Getting Started, Interpreters
Considering adding iSWOOP to what you do? Here are some ideas for how to begin.
iSWOOP Get Ready — email the team to find out if we’ll be in your area, email@example.com
Interested in on-line professional development?
Download our flyer for info.
Skim the Participant Packet to learn what iSWOOP offers.
Would you like to receive a copy of the facilitator’s manual? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Developing an iSWOOP program
Ranger Melinda McFarland reflects on her process developing a program to highlight park-based research on landscape succession. With some trepidation, she takes on geology and the challenge to make her evening program interactive.
Looking for inspiration, sample questions, ideas for how to launch an iSWOOP program or prompt visitors to observe and interact? Check out the collection of outlines from interpreters at five parks. For each program, you can read a short bio of the interpreter, reference a handy table with line numbers pointing to important iSWOOP features, and imagine yourself leading or participating in an inspiring ranger program. Enjoy!
Other reports and publications are available here.
Finding Cool Science
Louise Allen, iSWOOP, Winston-Salem State University faculty and wildlife biologist, shares tips for finding cool science.
The pdf version
Find more resources on the Common Learning Portal. Email Martha_merson@terc.edu to join the iSWOOP group.
- Stuart Firestein on the importance of questions https://dianerehm.org/shows/2012-05-22/stuart-firestein-ignorance-how-it-drives-science/transcript
- Randy Olson on connecting with audiences, Talking Substance in the Age of Style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjaTDA-9_sk
- iSWOOP’s four beliefs about science, See Science Messages in the packet Packet_Kick-Off_FINAL_May11
- National Academy of Sciences promoting Science Literacy – National Academy of Sciences: Science Literacy
- Assessing Curiosity–see weible_zimmerman_science_curiosity
- Tips for Roving with an iPad
- Visitor Interest Activity
- Face to Face: Benefits of Live Interaction
- What Leads to Better Visitor Outcomes in Live Interpretation?
- Engaging Latino Families Migratory_Bird_Latino_USFWSReport2012
Indigenous people share their view of the environment. This series explores how Indigenous Science can help to manage our resources for a sustainable future. Through five sessions, we compare Indigenous and Western Science, examine language and cultural bias, and discuss food systems, land management techniques, gardening, and more! Co-sponsored by the Dunes Learning Center, Indiana Dunes National Park and iSWOOP
A library of frog calls
Please credit Dr. Robert (Bob) Brodman
Not only can wood frogs survive freezing temperatures, but they benefit from cold weather. Check out this video on wood frogs(http://www.biographic.com/posts/sto/invisible-nature-return-of-the-wood-frog)
Annotated _INDU-iSWOOP-VisualLibrary_June2017-TEMPLATE1-mm_annotated_LAmm (keynote) & _INDU-iSWOOP-VisualLibrary_Julu2017-TEMPLATE1-mm_annotated_LAmm (pdf) of the visual library (June 2016 version).
Jug-o-Rum, an article discussing the purpose behind frog songs and vocalizations. Written by Susan Shea as featured in The Outside Story, a weekly ecology essay series published by Northern Woodlands magazine.
- LAllen_Papers on stress and reproduction among Brazilian free-tail bats
- Hristov_etal_2010_JMamm_mmcomments Hristov2008Integrative and Comparative Biology
- Bat Research at Congaree National Park https://www.nps.gov/rlc/ogbfrec/bat-research.htm
- Saving Bats One Cell Phone at a Time http://www.interpnet.com/nai/docs/Publications/Legacy-v24n5-SeptOct13.pdf Legacy-v24n5-SeptOct13(1)
- Beyond Human Senses: Beyond Human Imagination http://www.interpnet.com/nai/docs/Publications/Legacy-v24n5-SeptOct13.pdfLegacy-v24n5-SeptOct13(1)
- Go Bats!Researchers and interpreters share how they interpret bats for public audiences, especially when visitors lead off with a question about diseases like rabies, white nose syndrome, or Covid-19. The zoom session recording
Bringing Together Art and Science to Save Joshua Trees, essay by Juniper Harrower
Juniper’s slides on moths and fungal interactions:
- Annotations to Acadia’s iSWOOP-developed Visual Library July 2018
- Acadia’s iSWOOP-developed Visual Library
- Map of the Mile-Thick Ice Sheet that Made Modern Manhattan
- LiDAR information on Mount Desert Island
- College of the Atlantic LiDAR map of Mount Desert Island
- Low Elevation Alpine Love – Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie
- How fast can trees migrate?/
- Jacquelyn’s recommendations for reading on paleoecology:
- —After the Ice Age
- —Forests in Time
- —Twilight of the Mammoth
- —How to Clone a Woolly Mammoth
- —Ice Ages and Solving the Mystery
- —Once and Future Giants
- —Changing Nature of the Maine Woods
- On using charcoal to understand the past Patterson_charcoal_fire_1987
- On the Patterson_Fire_Regimes_Coastal_Maine_Forests_of_Acadia_-_1983 (since settlement mainly)
- Jacobson and Norton articles and ppt presentations
- Geology of Mt Desert Island, presentation from Duane Braun
Researcher Katie Percy’s Annual Report for 2017
Researcher Katie Percy’s Annual Report 2016
Read more on the Birds of Louisiana’s Coast: A Landscape of Virtual Habitats
To learn more about nano-tags and bird identification, Katie recommends the following links:
- Update about Louisiana’s network of receiving towers: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/
- The Lotek site describes the nano tags. http://www.lotek.com/
- Lotek and BioTrack are the only companies currently manufacturing nanotags that are compatible with the Motus network:https://motus.org/tag-
- Motus has animations of migration routes by individual birds and bats. Very cool. https://motus.org/data/
Sea Level Rise
- Interactive Maps