Save the Date! The EE Expo will be February 7th, 2014 at the Oklahoma City Zoo!
This year’s theme is Citizen Science.
What is Citizen Science?
Families watching birds at their feeders, farmers checking their rain gauge, and kids watching the redbuds bloom in their schoolyard are all participating in Citizen Science. All over the country, people from all walks of life are becoming Citizen Scientists by assisting with scientific investigations - asking questions, collecting data, and/or interpreting results.
Citizen Scientists contribute many more and varied observations compared to traditional scientific research. Citizen Science projects often focus on an issue that requires data to be gathered over long periods of time or wide geographic areas. Projects vary from simple observations to scheduled data collection that requires training and significant time commitment. Ongoing projects cover many different sciences ranging from aquatic invasive species to native bees, from pollen to stardust, and from urban birds to arctic glaciers. Successful projects may only have handful of participants at a local park or many thousands of observers located across the globe.