Your Wild Life is relocating to the West Coast this week to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Citizen Science Association in San Jose, California. We’re looking forward to two FUN-FILLED days of building connections and exchanging ideas with 600 other scientists, volunteers, data managers, educators, and science communicators who – like us – are dedicated to engaging the public in scientific research.
Together with our colleagues and collaborators at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, we’ll be sharing insights and lessons learned from many Your Wild Life projects including Belly Button Biodiversity, Wild Life of Our Homes, Cat Tracker and Students Discover.
In advance of the meeting, the Citizen Science Association launched a Twitter campaign called #WhyICitSci. Think of it as a virtual pep rally, drawing international attention our rapidly expanding field. They want everyone – those attending the conference and those who are not – to tell the world what you love about citizen science and what drives you to participate.
Here’s Why We Cit Sci – Now it’s your turn to chime in!
#WhyICitSci: There’s so much we don’t know abt the ecology & evolution of species in our daily lives! We need all eyes, ears, hands on deck!
— Your Wild Life Team (@YourWild_Life) February 10, 2015
We’ll be tweeting up a storm throughout the conference. Follow the conversation through Twitter via the meeting hashtag: #CitSci2015.
And check out this superb listing of symposia, panels, talks and posters that will be presented by our team and close collaborators (bold):
- Students Discover: What emerges when scientists and teachers co-create citizen science? Julie Urban, Holly Menninger, Susan Parry, Jeni Corn, Liz Baird, Rob Dunn
- Young Citizen Scientists track Eastern Box Turtles at the Lake Raleigh Area Juliana Thomas, Students Discover Kenan Fellow
- Data Campaigns for Sustaining Engagement in Long-Term Citizen Science Robyn Bailey, David Bonter, Caren Cooper
- Citizen Science Camera Trapping as a Gateway to Mammal Ecology and STEM Careers Stephanie Schuttler, Kelsie Armentrout, David Glenn, Dayson Pasion (3 Students Discover Kenan Fellows)
- Aligning Next Generation Science Standards to Citizen Science Darlene Cavalier, Constance Walker, Sandra Henderson, Leonora Shell, Andrew Collins, Yaihara Fortis Santiago, Jennifer Fee, Kristian Breton
- Participant emotion in a knowledge gap: managing native and non-native songbirds in a residential landscape Caren Cooper, Lincoln Larson, Mark Hauber
- Cat Tracker: Mapping the Ecological Impact of Cats through Citizen Science Animal Tracking Troi Perkins, Shelby Powers, Holly Menninger, Rob Dunn, Roland Kays
- Growing environmental data needs in the Anthropocene: scaling up data flow from amateurs and experts through cyberinfrastructure Robert Costello, Tavis Forrester, William J. McShea, Zhihai “Henry” He, Megan Baker, Arielle Parsons, Roland Kays
- eMammal – Balancing rigorous large scale citizen science with participant learning Tavis Forrester, Robert Costello, Stephanie Schuttler
- eMammal citizen science camera trapping – collecting big data to answer wildlife questions Roland Kays, Robert Costello, Tavis Forrester, Joshua Millspaugh, Tony X. Han
- Leveraging SciStarter to grow and sustain your citizen science project. Case Study: Project MERCCURI David Coil, Darlene Cavalier, Jenna Lang, Caren Cooper, Arvind Suresh
- Hackfest: Creating Interoperability Between Projects, Communities, and Data Daniel Arbuckle, Steve Gano, Greg Newman, Russell Neches, Darlene Cavalier, Caren Cooper
- Getting dirty with citizen science: lessons learned from engaging the public in hands-on citizen science at a museum field station Christine Goforth
- Furthering science and public engagement: natural history museums as centers to develop and promote citizen science John Tweddle, Heidi Ballard, Lila Higgins, Alison Young, Christine Goforth
- Ethical Dimensions of Citizen Science Research Caren Cooper, Lea Shanley, Anne Bowser, Holly Menninger, Madhusudan Katti, Janet Stemwedel, Dianne Quigley
- Citizen Microbiology: Engaging the Public in the Study of Invisible Life Holly Menninger, David Coil, Jenna Lang, Adam Robbins-Pianka, Bethany Dixon, Sally James, Patrik D’Haeseleer