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Citizen SciencePublic Participation in Environmental Research$
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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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Citizens, Science, and Environmental Policy

Citizens, Science, and Environmental Policy

A British Perspective

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Citizen Science

Jeremy J.D. Greenwood

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the British Trust for Ornithology's (BTO) model for engaging volunteers in scientific research. The BTO is the leading center of ornithological research in Britain and undertakes impartial investigations about birds, other species, and habitats to advance understanding of nature. The BTO's work provides an interesting contrast to most North American citizen science projects with its emphasis on a question-driven approach. This chapter reviews the history of ornithological research as it relates to citizen science in the UK, paying attention to the BTO's historical aims in relation to current and historic research agendas and impacts. It also explains why the BTO has been successful as a research organization.

Keywords:   birds, British Trust for Ornithology, volunteers, scientific research, ornithological research, citizen science projects, citizen science, UK

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