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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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A Gateway to Science for All

A Gateway to Science for All

Celebrate Urban Birds

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Citizen Science

Karen Purcell

Cecilia Garibay

Janis L. Dickinson

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the importance of audience diversification and the removal of barriers to citizen science participation by underserved audiences. More specifically, it explores ways to achieve an equitable representation of all audiences in citizen science in general and birding in particular. To make its case, the chapter looks at Celebrate Urban Birds, a citizen science project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in 2007, to highlight strategies for including audiences who may not have had opportunities to connect with nature or to see themselves as science participants. Celebrate Urban Birds demonstrates the potential of citizen science to promote inclusion in nature study and to raise awareness and interest in biodiversity and environmental science.

Keywords:   citizen science, birding, Celebrate Urban Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, nature, inclusion, nature study, biodiversity, environmental science, citizen science participation

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