📱 Observing & Recording » Protecting Nature
🔎 ▹ Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. Sharing our findings with scientific data repositories help scientists find and use our data. All we have to do is observe. So then… Let’s do it!
We encourage our circles’ community to join the EwA Nature Circles citizen science project on iNaturalist (and post the pictures of the species they encountered during a circle).
The iNat EwA Nature Circles Project » Join us!
Citizen science (CS) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part by non-nonprofessional scientists. Citizen science may be performed by individuals, teams, or networks of volunteers. Citizen scientists often partner with professional scientists to achieve common goals. Large volunteer networks often allow scientists to accomplish tasks that would be too expensive or time-consuming to accomplish through other means.
» Because Citizen science enables people from all walks of life to advance scientific research.
» Because it’s fun and it connects us directly with Nature and the communities around us.
» Because this way we gain invaluable knowledge sharing with naturalists like us and experts all over the world who can help us identify what we see.
» Because recording what we observe helps scientists and resource managers understand when and where organisms occur.
Through these programs, we collect data and, record and monitor the biodiversity of the habitats where we run the events. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s for a good cause!
More Citizen Science…
Here are a couple other popular Citizen Science platforms, which list not only Nature based projects, but also a myriad of great projects in many various disciplines including biology, physics, astronomy, climate, and more.
This is a place to find, join, and contribute to science through more than 1600 formal and informal research projects, events and tools. SciStarter’s database of citizen science projects enables discovery, organization, and greater participation in science. This is also the place to track your contributions, bookmark things you like, and access the tools and instruments needed to get started.
Zooniverse is a large and very popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers—hundreds of thousands of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Zooniverse’s goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications.
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