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Citizen Science BC Nature Study Outdoor Education

Citizen Science BC Nature Study Outdoor Education

Citizen Science BC Nature Study Outdoor Education

What is “Citizen Science” and how can it help to make a difference in our modern but changing world?

Citizen Science

Citizen science (similar to community sciencecrowd sciencecrowd-sourced sciencecivicFree Bird Orange Thrush photo and picture scienceparticipatory monitoring, or volunteer monitoring) is research conducted with participation from the general public, or amateur/nonprofessional researchers or participants for science, social science and many other disciplines.[1][2] There are variations in the exact definition of citizen science, with different individuals and organizations having their own specific interpretations of what citizen science encompasses.[1] Citizen science is used in a wide range of areas of study including ecology, biology and conservation, health and medical research, astronomy, media and communications and information science.

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Many organizations and institutions that study the environment, the natural world and the people that live in the world find it very helpful to have Citizen Scientists observing, sharing, and recording information.  We are everywhere and include everyone from young to old.  If you have an interest in birds, animals, insects, weather, or even the broad world around you.  You observe things and see changes that the limited scientific world is not always able to see on a regular basis.  Become a “Citizen Scientist” in your chosen field of interest.

Two of my passions are bird watching and weather.  I keep a daily journal that includes the birds that I have seen and the weather-cloud cover, humidity, moisture (rain or snow), wind speed and direction, and temperature.  Birding gives me a great deal of pleasure and allows me to slow down and view the world around me.  Keeping track of my local weather is interesting and allows me to notice changes and anomalies.Free Tree Nature photo and picture

This past weekend I participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count.  This is an annual event that encompasses people and countries from around the world.  The information, photographs, and audio recordings are recorded and available for scientists, amateur birders, citizen scientists and governments to view.  This all helps to keep track of numbers, migration routes, food sources, natural breeding areas, and things that are harmful to birds and  contribute to their decline.  Things like light pollution, water pollution, lack of water and feeding areas, destruction of breeding areas, and climate change.

My personal list may be small and does not include colourful exotic birds but is still interesting to see the information added to the global map and to speculate of the causes of flatulating numbers.  Why was there no Brown Creepers this year?  Where are the Redpoles and Bohemian Waxwings?

Great Backyard Bird Count 2024




My list for 2024


Species observed

23 individuals


  1. Downy Woodpecker

Number observed: 3

2 females, 1 male

  1. Hairy Woodpecker

Number  observed: 3

2 females

  1. Pileated Woodpecker

Number observed: 2Free Northern Flicker Woodpecker photo and picture

1male, 1 female

  1. Northern Flicker

Number observed: 3

  1. Steller’s Jay

Number observed: 3

  1. American Crow

Number observed: 2

  1. Black-capped Chickadee

Number observed: 5

  1. Red-breasted Nuthatch

Number observed: 5

This was a slow year in our backyard.  The number of species and individuals were down.

Check out the Cornell lab and merlin bird id web sites, they are excellent recourses to help you identify birds.

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