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the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.
Citizen Science provides an opportunity for anyone to participate in the scientific process. Students (from lower elementary up through the collegiate level) should especially engage in citizen science as a way to develop and refine their scientific practices and critical thinking.
Below are citizen science programs and projects that I am currently involved in, or have participated with in the past. These programs provide opportunities for individuals looking to act on their environmental passions and learn through science in the process.
FLOW - Follow and Learn about Oceans and Wetlands
Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach CA
"FLOW is Amigos de Bolsa Chica’s Citizen Science Program. This is an exciting opportunity for members of the community to learn more about coastal ecology, to participate in the collection of scientific data and to get involved in environmental quality monitoring efforts"
"We use state-of-the-art image processing algorithms to match whale photos with scientific collections. This newly developed efficiency now makes global whale tracking more possible than ever. Ecotourists can be citizen scientists through Happywhale — have fun learning about your whales while the data in your photos builds our understanding."
OREHP-White Seabass Grow-out Pen
13 Pens throughout California
"The Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) is an experimental hatchery program investigating the feasibility of using cultured marine finfish to successfully enhance wild fish populations. White seabass are spawned and reared at a hatchery in Carlsbad, which is owned and operated by Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute (HSWRI). The hatchery provides juvenile white seabass, 4 inches in length, to 13 grow-out facilities operated by volunteers throughout southern California."