The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission has successfully recruited citizen scientists in the area to record over 2,500 observations of box turtle activity during an eight-month period last year, and are continuing the efforts this year. The box turtle population is potentially being threatened, and the mass data collection is being used to determine it status.
This collective work of amateurs is yet another example of how citizen science is being taken more seriously … in particular, because it is proving to be so useful to organizations who simply don’t have the people-power to gather large amounts of data.
If you live in the area or would like to preview the preliminary data, visit the Natural Heritage program on line.
“Citizen scientists at work on survey” :: Arkansas Democrat Gazette :: July 8, 2008 :: [ READ ]