Birdwatchers of the world – unite and take environmental action

During the Covid-19 lockdowns, an increase in people taking an interest in birdwatching revealed our deep need to connect with nature and community during stressful times. It demonstrated the link between engagement with the natural world and social activism.   In the 18th century, birdwatching (or ornithology) was mostly an activity for privileged country gentlemen … Read more

Changing the conversation about science through citizen communicators

Initiatives to help citizen science projects communicate about their results are paving the way for ordinary people to take the lead as effective and trustworthy science communicators.    While citizen science is blossoming, partly as a result of social media, so too are the channels we use to communicate. In response, we sometimes create a filter … Read more

To know if citizen science is successful, measure it

It’s never been easy to accurately measure the impact of any scientific research, but it’s even harder for citizen science projects, which don’t follow traditional methods. Public involvement places citizen science in a new era of data collection, one that requires a new measurement plan.   As you read this, thousands of ordinary people across … Read more

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