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Janis L. Dickinson and Rick Bonney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449116

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449116.001.0001

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Projects and Possibilities

Projects and Possibilities

Lessons from Citizen Science Projects

(p.27) 2 Projects and Possibilities
Citizen Science
Janis L. Dickinson, Rick Bonney
Cornell University Press

This chapter examines four citizen science projects launched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and other organizations. The projects have been designed with unique scientific goals, educational objectives, and intended audiences, and carried out at varying scales and levels of complexity. Two of the projects are Project FeederWatch and Neighborhood Nestwatch, which focus on birds, while the other two, Project BudBurst and Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, deal with plant phenology and insect ecology, respectively. This chapter provides an overview of project design, participant interaction, training and educational resources, data collection and validation, impacts, and sustainability. It also discusses some of the lessons that can be drawn from each initiative.

Keywords:   citizen science projects, citizen science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Project FeederWatch, Neighborhood Nestwatch, birds, Project BudBurst, Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, plant phenology, insect ecology

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