What is Citizen Science?
Citizen Science is scientific research and biodiversity monitoring and management assisted by volunteer citizens.
Volunteers help scientists:
- Collect data for large-scale analyses that would be difficult or impossible to otherwise collect
- Provide observations on rare species and species at risk that are difficult or impossible to otherwise collect
What information should volunteer citizens report?
- Primary (secondary) observers contact info
- Survey date & time
- Location (UTM (NAD 83), LSD, Lat/Long, or Directions)
- Habitat type and landuse
- Type of observation
- Number of individuals observed
- Animals: ad, juvenile, eggs, nests/dens
- Plants: can use groups instead of individuals, per cent in leaf/flower/bud/fruit/dormant
Modern mobile devices are ideal for biodiversity monitoring by providing excellent ID guides for consistent data collection, georeferenced data, online data entry, and online results. To use a citizen science program as a guide or to volunteer with a program, click a category from the left menu.