Using eBird to integrate citizen science into an undergraduate ecology field laboratory

  • Surasinghe T
  • Courter J
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Abstract

Encouraging nonprofessionals to participate in ecological research through citizen science programs is a recent innovation and an effective strategy for gathering ecological information across broad geographical areas. In this paper, we demonstrate how reporting field-based observations through eBird, a citizen-based birding and data-recording program, can be used as a lab activity in an undergraduate ecology class. This exercise exposes students to worldwide data collecting networks in which non-scientific communities serve as major stakeholders. This lab activity also introduces basic field techniques in ornithology and allows students to answer inquiry-based research questions using a citizen science database. (Contains 1 figure.)

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  • Citizen science
  • Ecology teaching
  • Participatory research
  • eBird

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  • PUI: 368832196
  • ISBN: 1539-2422
  • ISSN: 15392422
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84876931069
  • SGR: 84876931069

Authors

  • Thilina Surasinghe

  • Jason Courter

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