Celebrate Earth Day by becoming a 'citizen scientist'

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Port Jervis, NY. "Citizen Science" is an emerging approach to scientific research that enlists the public — everyday citizens — in collecting information that can be evaluated by experts.

The Brandwein Institute is hosting workshops to teach members of the public to become citizen scientists. Participants will learn not only how to collect and transmit data, but how scientists use this information.

People can document and share scientific data with free software using their smartphones. With numerous groups involved, a crowd of data can be transmitted to the cloud for the benefit of scientists. Field work that once relied on a few students can now be undertaken by individuals and families.

More information can be collected and shared more quickly than ever before. This can accelerate science research and improve understanding of the world.

Participants will learn how to measure and collect data on:

Trees, seasonal phenology, and the general health of a forest

Local bird migration and invasive species through a “BioBlitz” protocol.

All the data collected will be shared with GLOBE and iNaturalist scientists.

Parents, children, community groups, the Scouts, science teachers, 4-H and other clubs are encouraged to attend the workshops, which will be held at Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve, 390 Minisink Turnpike, Port Jervis, N.Y., according to the following schedule:

Monday, April 22 (Earth Day), 3-6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 9, 12-4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 22, 12-4 p.m.

Register at waiver.fr/p-WF4J8.

For more information call Dave Foord at 570-832-3078 or email him at foord@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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