Mosquitoes are the world’s most dangerous animal, but monitoring efforts can bring early warning of potential disease outbreaks. Campers in your programs can help! Take photos of mosquito "babies" (larvae) and their habitats then use the GLOBE Observer app to report potential mosquito habitat and the presence of mosquito larvae. Scientists can use your data along with NASA satellite data to study mosquitoes and to forecast a community's risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
Campers are invited to participate in the GLOBE Mosquito Habitat Photo Challenge, July 25 – August 25, 2021. To participate:
- Download the GLOBE Observer app and create an account
- Invite your campers to take photos of mosquito habitats and larvae using the Mosquito Habitat Mapper tool
- Take photos of the same location using the Land Cover tool
To learn more, watch the recording of the Globe Mission Mosquito webinar.
You can also integrate Mosquito Habitat Mapper into your programs by conducting a mosquito habitat audit around your camp, building a mosquito trap, or playing a fun game of mosquito-themed bingo.
Christine Shupla is the education and public engagement manager at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. She co-leads NASA’s efforts to engage the camp community.
Tina Harte, NASA Langley Research Center, GLOBE Goes to Camp Pilot Project Coordinator, oversees tasks in support of GLOBE Observer Clouds and GLOBE Mission Earth. Her current work focuses on the development of partnerships within the American Camp Association, working with camp directors to create and pilot informal GLOBE resources that meet the needs of the camp audience.