Category: Partnerships

Mountain goats’ winter coats: What can people-powered research tell us about patterns and phenology of molt?

This blog post originally appeared on the Ecology and Evolution blog, published by Wiley. It was re-posted here in it’s entirety with permission. Read the full published research paper here. By Katarzyna Nowak, Aerin Jacob, Shane Richards, Don Reid, and Greg Newman. Featured image shows one of the “crown jewels” of our camera trapping season

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Six Months after Earth Day: Collaborations Around Six Citizen Science Grand Challenge Questions through Earth Challenge 2020

By Alex Long, Sarah J Newman & Anne Bowser  This blog first appeared on the Wilson Center blog on December 10, 2020. We’ve reposted it here with permission. April 22, 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While original plans of a large-scale celebration and campaign around citizen science required rethinking and adjustment, the movement that is Earth Day

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Is Rainwater Safe to Drink? Runoff Collected by Volunteers Offers Clues

A citizen science project called Off the Roof tested rainwater runoff collected by volunteers. They found that rainwater can be easily treated, but does often have contaminants similar to what’s found in streams and rivers. This blog first appeared in the Citizen Science Salon, a partnership between Discover and SciStarter.org, on 2 Oct 2020. It

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How to Get a Better Picture of Mountain Goats with Community Science

With the help of the larger U.S.-Canada community, a team of scientists has sought to understand how an alpine mammal sheds its winter coat. Cover Image: A camera trap on loan to Dr. Kate Nowak from WCS Canada captures a billy mountain goat at Pooly Canyon, Yukon, Canada What do goat hair, climate change, and

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Earth Challenge 2020: A Global Citizen Science Experience for Good

Earth Day looks a little different this year, but Earth Challenge 2020 is making sure nobody misses out on the action In a day and age where it feels that everything is changing too fast to keep up, and the uncertainty of life’s circumstances can be overwhelming, it’s easy to question what you can accomplish,

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What happens when people choose to #OPTOUTSIDE

If you want change, you have to make it. This past Black Friday we teamed up with REI and Leave No Trace in the movement towards creating positive impacts in our world. You’re probably familiar with REI’s ongoing campaign to close its doors on the biggest retail day of the year and ask everyone to

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Partner with Us to Write Successful Grants

Two organizations are stronger than one Community science and citizen science projects are strongest when they involve partnerships between people and/or organizations with diverse areas of expertise. Whether those partnerships are community + university, public + private, local + global, or some other arrangement, collaboration often creates stronger projects and more successful funding! Grants and

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The Front Range Pika Project – Emerging Science – Part 2

Hundreds of projects all over the world use the CitSci.org platform to build and grow their citizen science projects. Citizen science is the process of engaging the public in science research. Citizen science projects most commonly form around scientific questions that cannot be answered by scientists alone. In our Project Spotlight series, you’ll meet the

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The Front Range Pika Project – Why Pikas? – Part 1

Hundreds of projects all over the world use the CitSci.org platform to build and grow their citizen science projects. Citizen science is the process of engaging the public in science research. Citizen science projects most commonly form around scientific questions that cannot be answered by scientists alone. In our Project Spotlight series, you’ll meet the

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Studying the Science of Citizen Science

Laura McDuffie is a faculty member in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage and her boots are always muddy from wading through the mud in search of boreal birds. She runs a citizen science project every spring that engages Audubon volunteers in collecting information on wetland use by declining boreal wetland

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