Data Collection

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The Process

Students will collect two sets of data in the same area for the same amount of time. You may wish to have them focus on wildlife first and then return to the same area to collect data about trash in another session. Or you can have students work in groups; some students focus on wildlife while others focus on trash.

Each group will need a phone with a camera. The iNaturalist  and Marine Debris Tracker apps should be installed and the user should be logged in.

1. Students choose an area. 

2. They observe wildlife in that area and log their observations and photos into iNaturalist.

3. Staying in the same area, students count and classify the trash they see. Use the EcoBlitz list on the Marine Debris Tracker app to log observations and photos. Count each individual piece of trash, even if they appear to come from the same source (for example, 5 pieces of broken glass counts as 5 pieces)