Explore Biodiversity Using a Homemade Bug Vacuum!
It might seem impossible to estimate how many different bugs live in a nearby field, or how many types of birds live in a forest, but wildlife biologists often have to try to determine the number of different species in a given habitat. This plays an important role in helping us understand how healthy the environment is. In this activity, you will get to take on the role of a wildlife biologist by examining the biodiversity of bugs and other small invertebrates (such as spiders, centipedes, and roly-polies) in your neighborhood or backyard using a homemade bug vacuum!
Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies
Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Biodiversity, ecology, habitat