Seventy-five percent of arthropod-borne human disease in the U.S. is spread by ticks, and cases doubled in the U.S. between 2004 and 2016. With such significant rates of infection, information on the ranges of ticks that spread disease is essential. Read about how citizen scientists are improving the information about tick ranges.
The demise and potential revival of the American Chestnut - Sierra Magazine (Click Here)
A new study aims to clarify the status of the non-native European House Sparrow, using 21 years of citizen science data.
The European House Sparrow has a story to tell about survival in the modern world. In parts of its native range in Europe, House Sparrow numbers are down by nearly 60%.Their fate in the U.S. and Canada is less well known. A new study by Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientists aims to clarify the status of this non-native species, using 21 years of citizen science data from the Cornell Lab's Project FeederWatch.
Read the full story here.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released a Citizen Science Strategy that outlines a path for the agency to engage the public in support of key mission areas. Presenters will discuss this strategy, its creation, and next steps to support its implementation in a webinar on Tuesday March 16th at 12pm ET. Register here for connection details.
This webinar is coordinated by the Law and Policy Working Group. For more information about the working group, including upcoming meetings and past events, visit their page on the CSA website.
Presenters: John McLaughlin, Education Program Manager, NOAA Office of Education
Laura Oremland, Education Program Manager, NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology
NOAA Citizen Science Strategy
NOAA recently released its Citizen Science Strategy, providing a path to better observe, predict, and understand the environment, and manage and conserve natural resources by harnessing the power of the crowd.
NOAA’s citizen science activities will help the U.S. continue to lead in developing innovative, cost-effective and collaborative solutions to global environmental and technology issues. These focus areas are collaboratively managed to maximize their collective impacts.
Citizen Science and Environmental Agencies
The Environmental Law Institute was recently asked by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to characterize existing and new ways citizen science is being adopted by environmental agencies, define the best practices, and identify strategic steps that can be taken to support the use of citizen science for environmental decision making.
The resulting findings can be found in three newly released reports: