|25 September 2014 | Natalie White
Join us and the Animal Demography Unit in celebrating Citizen Science Week!
Citizen science is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in searching for our world's biodiversity. Anyone can be a citizen scientist and now by using the Tracking the Wild platform it's even easier to take part.
We built Tracking the Wild so that the power of social media can be harness to make a real contribution to scientific research and conservation. The power of something like citizen science, or crowdsourcing, is that vast amounts of data can be collected in a short period of time which is an enormous help to research organisations like the Animal Demography Unit.
Citizen science changes the way that we engage with our natural environment, it encourages us to walk around with our eyes open searching for wildlife, our minds alert and our ears listening to the sounds of nature.
The ADU believe that the best way to do biodiversity conservation is by allowing conservation decisions to be made based on quantitative evidence, which comes in vast quantities of data submitted by crowdsourcing.
So, our challenge to you...
Make your contribution to conservation:
- 1. Log in to Tracking the Wild (or create a profile if you haven't already)
- 2. If you are a registered ADU contributor and you have an ADU number, then enter it into your profile and your ADU account will be credited with the sightings you submit on Tracking the Wild
- 3. Upload your best sighting of a bird, mammal or reptile - it can be old or new - and the more the merrier
- 4. Make sure the GPS location and the date of the sighting are accurate
- 5. We'll send your data to the ADU so they can use it in their research
- 6. It's as easy as that. So, go on, make a difference to biodiversity :)
Spread the word...
Please tell your friends so that we can get even more people taking part in generating sightings data. The more data that we can capture, the better.