According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, citizen science is defined as “research collaborations between scientists and volunteers, particularly (but not exclusively) to expand opportunities for scientific data collection and to provide access to scientific information for community members.” In other words, citizen science is all about getting up close with the natural world and contributing to a larger body of scientific research.
Bay Area FrogWatch Chapter
MONITORING LOCAL SPECIES
CuriOdyssey is home to the Bay Area FrogWatch chapter.
FrogWatch USA was established in 1998 and adopted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 2009 with the aim to monitor frog and toad populations across the US.
Since 2011 the Bay Area chapter has been monitoring our 6 local species: the Pacific treefrog, the red-legged frog, foothill yellow-legged frog, the western toad, the western spadefoot toad, and the bullfrog.
We have already held our training this year, but contact Megan (mhankins(at)curiodyssey.org) if you would like to be on our FrogWatch mailing list, or simply find us on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest FrogWatch news.
Other local citizen science projects to get involved with
California Academy of Sciences BioBlitz
Citizen Science Alliance
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The Great Sunflower Project
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory HawkWatch
Lost Ladybug Project
River Otter Ecology Project "Otter Spotter"
UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab