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Superior Speakers – Regional Citizen Science Opportunities

Event Date: Tuesday, April 10 at 6pm-7pm

Where: Lake Superior Estuarium

When: 4/10 at 6pm-7pm

Do you want to learn more about the world around you from experts in the field? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community or volunteer for a good cause? Perhaps you want an excuse to get outside or a way to get to know your neighbors. Whatever your reason, join us at the Superior Speaker event to to learn about Citizen Science opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

The event is hosted by City of Superior Environmental Services division and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served

April 14, 2018 – iNaturalist training at Boulder Lake ELC

Posted: March 13, 2018

April 14 City Nature Challenge iNaturalist training at Boulder Lake Environmental Center.

Come spend Citizen Science Day out at Boulder exploring the natural world!

  • When: Saturday April 14th from 9-11
  • Where: Boulder Lake ELC
  • What: We will provide a hands on training using the iNaturalist platform for documenting biodiversity data.
    • 9-9:45: Classroom time setting up iNaturalist and learning the basics
    • 9:45-10:30: In the field practice with app and taking good pictures 101
    • 10:30-11: See the observations already you just took already in the iNaturalist database
    • 11: End of the training head out and start making your own observations!
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration: Please register in advance for planning purposes
  • Some light snacks provided

Twin Ports City Nature Challenge April 27-30, 2018

Event Date: April 27-30, 2018

Minnesota: Duluth, Cloquet, Hermantown, Proctor
Wisconsin: Superior

You can make your City Nature Challenge as simple or as engaged as you wish. You can spend just a few minutes taking a picture or attend a pre-event training or take pictures multiple days of the event or do it all. Activities related to the Twin Ports City Nature Challenge are listed below.

Join the competition among cities and regions nationwide. Help the Twin Ports document the most species of birds, bugs, animals, plants, and any wild living thing during the five-day event by making observations in Duluth, Cloquet, Hermantown, Proctor, and Superior.

Why do this? The data collected each year from lots of different places can be useful for scientists and planners if collected the same way for many years.

Who can participate? Everyone.

City Nature Challenge: www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2018-twin-ports

Free Webinar-Citizen Science: Making a Difference for People and Communities

Event Date: January, 16
CitSciMN: A Symposium for Citizen Science
Join us for a FREE Webinar January 16th
Citizen Science: Making a difference for people and communities
Space is limited, so register soon for a one-hour webinar with Kris Stepenuck hosted by University of Minnesota Extension’s CitSciMN.
Date and Time:
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST
Abstract:
Citizen science programs engage the public in scientific research. They have been demonstrated to increase our understanding of the natural world, to augment scientists’ ability to address certain types of questions, to expand the geographic area over which data can be collected and interpreted, and to increase the speed at which questions can be answered. In addition to these contributions, citizen science programs have resulted in a variety of outcomes for both individuals and communities. These include knowledge gain, changes in attitudes and behaviors, and increased skill sets. Additionally, volunteer water monitoring programs, one type of citizen science effort, have been demonstrated to impact natural resource management and policy, particularly at local and state levels. In this presentation, I will share research findings from across fields of citizen science to demonstrate the types of outcomes that have been reported for individuals and communities. I will then share research results from  a study of U.S. volunteer water monitoring programs that shed light on program characteristics that are significantly related to outcomes on natural resource policy and management.
About the Speaker
Kris Stepenuck:
Kris Stepenuck is an Extension Assistant Professor of Watershed Science, Policy and Education at the University of Vermont. In addition to conducting community watershed outreach programming, she has developed, implemented, and researched volunteer water monitoring programs for more than 15 years. She co-facilitates http://volunteermonitoring.org to support a national (U.S.) network of programs, and serves as an inaugural member and chair of the Citizen Science Association board of directors, an international organization with members from more than 80 countries.
REGISTER HERE

Citizen Science Survey

Posted: November 6, 2017

If you are a Researcher, Educator or Citizen involved in Citizen Science this survey is for you!

The Lake Superior Regional Citizen Science Collaborative (LSRCSC) seeks to identify citizen science efforts and opportunities in the Western Lake Superior Region in order to create an opportunity for communication and collaboration among researchers, educators and volunteers who want to engage in citizen science in our region. Please take 10 minutes to complete the following survey. We thank you in advance for your time. This project has been funded by a University of Minnesota Serendipity Grant.

Take the Survey!

CitSciMN: A Symposium for Citizen Science Professionals in Minnesota

Event Date: December 1, 2017

Calling all professionals whose work involves citizen science!

What: A one-day gathering to learn from experienced citizen science programs, exchange ideas, get inspired, and connect to a community of citizen science professionals.

Who should attend? People who coordinate, lead, and/or administer citizen science projects in Minnesota and scientists who want to involve the public in their research.

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Western Great Lakes Lake Superior Regional Citizen Science Collaborative Symposium

Event Date: November 30, 2017

What: Three hour symposium connecting regional researchers, educators and citizens looking to share ideas  and develop collaborations around citizen science.

Who should attend: Researchers, educators and citizens interested in citizen science in Northern MN.

Where: Hartley Nature Center

When: November 30, 2017, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Registration: Free to attend

More information and Registration

Mighty migrations of fish into Great Lakes streams

Event Date: Spring, 2018

Shedd Aquarium and collaborators are offering a great citizen science opportunity in the Spring of 2018 “Mighty migrations of fish into Great Lakes streams”

Contact Dr. Karen Murchie <kmurchie@sheddaquarium.org> or 312-692-2783 for more information.