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Cornell Lab of Ornithology



Moth monitoring through photography and upload to the Discover Life website.


Moths are incredibly diverse, are ecologically important as plant eaters, pollinators, and food for songbirds. How will climate and other large-scale ecological factors affect moths? Take photographs of moths at your porch light and upload to Discover Life. You can identify them if you'd like, and we'll help. Students can compare moths at their own site with moths from other sites, to answer their own original questions and do real science. Interested participants may also wish to coordinate a study site. More information on this project can be found at: Mothing



Topic - moths, insects, phenology, climate change

Audience - middle school, high school, undergraduate, naturalists

Location - Eastern North America

Goals - science research, education




Discover Life




Nancy Lowe, Outreach Coordinator, Discover Life email Nancy Lowe



Tori Staples, Study Site Coordinator, Mothing email Tori Staples



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