citizen science

10:03am

Wed October 8, 2014
Science

Birders use data to try and prevent window collisions as birds fly south

As birds return south for the winter, they can face some deadly obstacles, like windows. One report estimates up to a billion birds a year may die from collisions with glass windows in the U.S.--up to 10 percent of the population in the country. A new initiative is counting on bird-lovers to help collect data that could help keep birds more safe.The Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple went to BirdSafe Pittsburgh’s fall volunteer training.
Credit Kara Holsopple/The Allegheny Front

As birds return south for the winter, they can face some deadly obstacles, like windows. One report estimates up to a billion birds a year may die from collisions with glass windows in the U.S., and that could be up to 10 percent of the population in the country.

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6:30am

Tue June 25, 2013
Water Levels

Nationwide research project enlists public to help collect water data

Instructions for 'CrowdHydrology'
Ashley Hassett WBFO

Mobile technology has created some new opportunities for citizen scientists to play an active part in research, especially with tighter budgets. Now a nationwide project is enlisting the public to gather up-to-date information on water levels.

If you walk through the trails of Tifft Nature Preserve on the edge of Lake Erie you will see a sheltered information sign in front of a small lake that says “What’s the water height today? Text us.” UB Assistant Professor Chris Lowry explains.

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12:01am

Mon November 26, 2012
Science

How to track roadkill on your smartphone (seriously)

Danielle Garneau enters data about a dead skunk on Route 22B outside of Plattsburgh.
Sarah Harris NCPR

We’ve all seen or experienced it – unfortunate wildlife dashes in front of a car at just the wrong time - and its remains splatter across the road. But Danielle Garneau, a wildlife ecologist at SUNY Plattsburgh, says the roadkill we’re likely to see on roads this holiday season can teach us a lot.

She’s using a new smartphone app for citizen scientists.

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