Citizen Science

Great Kiskadee Loses Fight With SD Winter

Jan 8, 2016
K.C. Jensen / SDSU

A tropical bird living outside Brookings has lost his struggle to survive an eastern South Dakota winter.
 
The appearance of a Great Kiskadee in 2015 captured the attention of bird watchers around the region.  Many were rooting for the underdog to make it through the cold and snowy season.

Lost Tropical Bird Eats Cat Food To Survive SD Winter

Dec 21, 2015
K.C. Jensen / SDSU

A tropical bird that doesn’t often make it farther north than Texas is toughing out the winter in South Dakota.   

The Great Kiskadee normally calls Mexico home, but birdwatchers confirmed one living in South Dakota this fall, and they’ve even photographed it in the snow.  The bird is finding some creative solutions to survive a South Dakota winter.

Finding a Great Kiskadee in South Dakota is a little bit like having a penguin pop up on a beach in Jamaica.

The iNaturalist App

Aug 23, 2013

You’ve likely heard the phrase “there’s an app for that.” If you happen to be a botanist your favorite app may well be iNaturalist. It turns any i-Phone into a tool that can contribute to scientific research and understanding about the natural flora and fauna living all around us. SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has the story on citizen science and education now taking place in the Black Hills and Badlands with the help of the iNaturalist app.