Citizen Science: Engaging Public Participation in Environment Research to Meet Shared Conservation Goals

Overview

Carolyn Enquist (USA-National Phenology Network and The Wildlife Society), Jana Newman (National Wildlife Refuge Inventory and Monitoring Program, Natural Resource Program Center, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), and Janet Ady (Division of EducationOutreach, National Conservation Training Center, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) present on using citizen science. Carolyn explains that phenology is an indicator of climate change impacts and that it's used for resource management and public engagement. She explains how the study of timing of recurring biological events and the causes of their timing in plants and animals has been a long term tradition of observation by agriculturalists and naturalists, and how the observed changes are used for predicting species response and vulnerability. Jana discusses the goal of the Inventory and Monitoring Initiative, and using Phenology data to inform biological planning and be deliberate in working together as a conservation community. She explains how the collection and analysis of the data provides information on potential changes in key environmental events and the resulting impact on ecosystem dynamics, and notes that a small portion of the data comes from citizen science. Janet focuses on the perspective of education for engaging public participation in scientific research, and the benefits to conservation by educating and engaging the public in the context of using Phenology.

  • Recorded April 11, 2013
  • Duration 50:15
  • From the Interactions of Society and the Environment Seminar Series

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