Session Title

Session S-04I: Citizen Science as a Tool for Conservation

Conference Track

Citizens/Education

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2014 : Seattle, Wash.)

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Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Presenter/Author Information

Amy Hale, Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumFollow

Start Date

1-5-2014 8:30 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

Abstract

An ultimate goal of Citizen Science is to encourage visitors to adopt conservation attitudes and behaviors that help preserve Puget Sound's unique marine ecosystem. The objectives of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's Explore the Shore Beach Walks include connecting citizens with Puget Sound animals and habitats; increasing citizens' respect for wildlife and habitats; educating citizens about local water conservation and protection initiatives in Puget Sound, and encouraging them to get involved in these efforts. This program, launched in 2011, contributes data to the Washington NatureMapping Program. Success of this program has hinged on strong volunteer participation including the involvement of youth volunteers; defining clear goals for the program; and collecting reliable and consistent data.

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Language

English

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Citizen Science as a Tool for Conservation - Best Practices from Local Examples

Room 604

An ultimate goal of Citizen Science is to encourage visitors to adopt conservation attitudes and behaviors that help preserve Puget Sound's unique marine ecosystem. The objectives of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's Explore the Shore Beach Walks include connecting citizens with Puget Sound animals and habitats; increasing citizens' respect for wildlife and habitats; educating citizens about local water conservation and protection initiatives in Puget Sound, and encouraging them to get involved in these efforts. This program, launched in 2011, contributes data to the Washington NatureMapping Program. Success of this program has hinged on strong volunteer participation including the involvement of youth volunteers; defining clear goals for the program; and collecting reliable and consistent data.