Tuesday, January 5, 2010
(photo from Wikipedia)
Hi sixth graders working on the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly Restoration Project! I'm so excited that you're reading my blog and getting ideas for your project! Click here to read the original post I wrote after my daughter told me about the endangered Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly...BUT BEFORE YOU DO..., please think about what your teacher is asking you to do. If you're looking for a few details about the butterfly, I have listed some in my post, and I hope you find them useful. I promise you I did not make them up. But even though I promise you I didn't make anything up, this is ultimately just a blog. Like any blog you might read - even the ones that LOOK really official, it doesn't necessarily contain accurate, objective, reliable, credible, or valid information. In other words, a lot of what you read on the Internet MAY be true, but you can't really tell for sure. One way to tell for sure if the information you're getting is reliable, is to use use a good website by a credible agency.
If you do a google search and look at the end part of the URL for the different sites that pop up, lots of times sites with .gov or .org or .edu are reliable, but this is still NOT a rule. Lots of times, you can get good information from a .com, but I am still always suspicious (and you should be too) about any information I read with .com at the end of it.
If you're questioning whether a source is reliable or not, please ask your parents or your teacher.
Perhaps these links will help you on your quest to find good information about the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly and restoration projects going on around us...
This brochure about butterfly restoration is published by Howard County.
This booklet that contains lots of info about the butterfly is published by the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
This info about a restoration project is published by a nearby nature center.
This site about restoration might look a little bit like a blog, but was written by a professor at a well-known college and also lists the places where he got his information from (all reliable sources too!).
This is a little bit of info published by the State of Maryland.
Hope you get my point about using credible sources of information.
OK, have fun with your project - aren't you lucky that you have such a cool science class?!!
Posted by Wendy at 7:38 PM