🍃 Co-Creative Nature Conservation in Action
Giving Science Back to the People
🔎 ▹ The observation of nature can contribute to biodiversity and climate research, from the presence of rarifying bees to the unfurling of our most common weed. Sharing our findings with scientific data repositories helps scientists find and use our data. All we have to do is observe. We’re inviting you to participate in our projects, and make a difference!
EwA participatory science has multiple goals, including answering climate and biodiversity conservation-focused questions, collecting scientific data to contribute to local, state, and national conservation programs and scientific efforts, fostering public engagement with nature and science, and social change.
We run 8 different kinds of biodiversity, climate, and ecosystems studies. We document consistently more than 40 sites in 8 cities in Massachusetts. We also contribute to global biodiversity collections.
EwA’s projects cover plant event timing monitoring; habitat fragmentation and pollution assessment; arthropod surveys; biodiversity mapping and monitoring; bird activity monitoring; and vernal pool documentation and certification.
We build, develop, and evolve our program together with you−bridging communities, domains, and expertise.
Projects’ observations and documentation follow standardized or harmonized protocols and get uploaded to global platforms so that the information can be shared, used, and compared between organizations and countries. The global platforms that we use include Nature’s Notebook (USA-NPN), Caterpillars Count (UNC), iNaturalist, EDDMaps, and eBird. We also partner with professional scientists to achieve common local goals. In short, we make our data count!
“Practicing citizen science with Earthwise Aware is an empowering way to broaden your experience of the ecosystem we all live in. It manages to be both approachable and rigorous, and time spent practicing citizen science with us is time building useful skills, from identification to a more general knowledge of ecosystem dynamics” — Mike McGlathery
“A colleague told me of Earthwise Aware. I joined the group on one of the nature outings in the Fells and was immediately drawn to the people and the mission. Being outside makes me happy and I enjoy being a part of this group.
Just as important, participating in the phenology and arthropod surveys as a citizen scientist allows me to contribute to the collection of data that will inform larger research questions. This is a great way to increase our understanding of biodiversity, which, in turn, will inform the decisions we make on policy on how we conserve and protect species, especially in the face of a changing climate.” — Jennifer Clifford
“One of EwA’s mottos is “Nature Conservation as a Way of Life.” I believe in that. I am an amateur naturalist, and at EwA, I have met like-minded curious naturalists, with the mission to collect biodiversity evidence for national data platforms. It is empowering to contribute to databases that researchers in climate and biodiversity can use in their research. I also love EwA’s mission to educate members of the local communities about the nature that surrounds them. EwA gives them the knowledge and tools to notice it and study it, and to do that in a way that is respectful to nature. Nature and biodiversity become part of what we notice and care for every day.” — Kathy McGlathery
“As a Science teacher, I am passionate about helping students develop the knowledge and confidence to take on an active role in the world. Education is key to empowering the next generation, and EwA’s role in attracting, educating, and retaining citizen scientists is something that I truly appreciate and support.” — Bill MacIndewar