Author: Aimee Gogan, Health Professionals and Evaluation Coordinator, NNLM SEA
You are cordially invited to participate in Citizen Science Day 2018! The annual event, organized by the Citizen Science Association, celebrates “all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related!”
Citizen Science involves non-professionals voluntarily contributing to scientific research, including data collection and analysis, by engaging in community science projects. One popular Citizen Science activity is the BioBlitz, an all-day event in which a group of volunteers work together to document all of the living species that they can find within a designated area. A Bioblitz not only offers an exciting and educational experience for participants, but also contributes to biodiversity research and encourages cooperation between members of the public and the scientific community.
Citizen Science Day officially takes place on April 14, but celebratory events will be held throughout the spring. Consider taking part in Citizen Science Day festivities in the SEA region and remember to use the hashtag #CitSciDay2018 so that other citizen scientists can follow your adventures on social media.
60 cities across the globe will compete in the 2018 City Nature Challenge to determine “who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people.” The City Nature Challenge will take place in two parts from April 27-30 and May 1-3, with results announced on May 4. Join a local challenge in Charlottesville, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland, Carrabus County, North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina, the DC Metro Area, Miami, FL, or Nashville, Tennessee.
Not close to any of these cities? Visit SciStarter to locate Citizen Science Day events in your community.