Monitoring and enjoying Athabasca’s natural assets
Check out these opportunities to get out in nature and contribute to scientific understanding of the world around us. -Or check out the Tools subheadings for nature observation aids, ecological monitoring web addresses, etc.
This program is the new generation of citizen science apps, allowing easy ID of field observations and input into scientific studies. Apps can be used without wifi.
Nature Watch Canada
Several Nature Watch programs enlist Canadian adults and children to gather scientific information needed to understand environmental changes. Current programs focus on plants, frogs, worms and ice. The Plant Watch season is upon us:
Why Watch Plants?
“Canadians are fortunate to live in a country with a wide variety of plant species. By participating in PlantWatch, you can learn more about our country’s botanical diversity, while helping scientists track the effects of global warming and climate change in Canada. The plants chosen for this guide bloom every spring, largely in response to rising temperatures. However, some species are flowering almost a month earlier than they were a century ago! Scientists believe climate change is affecting blooming times – a trend that is continuing. They predict that the greatest increases in temperature will be in Western and Northern Canada…. By reporting on the PlantWatch species found in your community, you can help researchers discover how common plants are responding to climate change and track where changes are taking place in Canada, and at what rate.” https://www.naturewatch.ca/plantwatch/
See Athabasca’s Science Outreach listing of programs, most of which are relevant to the district.
Scientific American’s website and magazine offer citizen science updates. Check out their newsfeed for a sense of the nature and diversity of citizen science projects.
This site offers ideas and resources suitable for children as well as adults.
Chandra Clarke, Be the Change: Saving the World With Citizen Science (Kindle edition)
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