Microscope Cameras (That Your Kids Already Have!)

While working in the lab this summer, we needed to take pictures through a microscope.  Many of us would like to be able to take pictures of a microscope slide, but the trinocular microscopes and other dedicated equipment are prohibitively expensive.  I remembered an idea I saw Brad working on with another student when I was in college.  We set up the following simple apparatus to take pictures through the microscope using my phone’s camera.  The pictures are fantastic, and being able to see on the phone screen makes it possible for multiple students to view the slide simultaneously.

I have included some of the pictures we have taken already using this method.  It takes only a ring stand and a test tube clamp.  I plan to shoot a how-to video for this procedure sometime this summer, but the pictures give you the general idea.  Now students can use their phones in the lab, and take the pictures with them when they leave!


Assessing Environmental Literacy

Hey all!

Noah Busch and I are at a four-state (KS, MO, NE, IA) summit in Nebraska City.  Our group is trying to figure out ways to assess our students’ environmental literacy.  What assessment strategies would you like to see implemented in the future?  Let us know (drewising or nrbusch22 @gmail.com) if you have any great, or even mediocre, ideas or if you want to get involved in the next round of meetings!

Spring KABT Field Trip Marshall Co. Bird List

Bird List from Vogelsberg-Busch Farm

Here’s a list from our birding walk with John Quinn from UNL.  Not too bad for an hour and a half walk in the middle of the afternoon:

tree swallow, barn swallow, white-breasted nuthatch, red-headed woodpecker, chimney swift, goldfinch, robin, cowbird, brown thrasher, crow, house wren, red-eyed vireo, black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-bellied woodpecker, Baltimore oriole, blue-grey gnatcatcher, common grackle, turkey vulture, dickcissel, eastern kingbird, bluejay, cardinal, indigo bunting, eastern phoebe, rose-breasted grosbeak, catbird, mourning dove, yellow-billed cuckoo, killdeer, grasshopper sparrow, field sparrow, bluebird, lark sparrow, spotted towhee, great-crested flycatcher, house sparrow, starling, pigeon.