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Making Your Nature Observations Matter for Science and Conservation Presentation with Dr. Rebecca Johnson and Alison Young, California Academy of Sciences
Did you take a picture of a plant or animal in the last week? Curious about what it is? Already know, but want to keep a digital record of your find? Learn how you can share your nature observations with the world and further science and conservation at the same time. Dr. Rebecca Johnson and Alison Young co-lead the California Academy of Science’s citizen science program in which they develop campaigns for volunteers to collect biodiversity data for science and conservation locally and globally. Learn about their initiatives; the City Nature Challenge, an annual competition between city metro areas all over the world to see who can record the most nature observations over four days; Snapshot Cal Coast, an annual week-long event to create a “snapshot” of biodiversity along the entire California coastline; and their ongoing work in the Bay Area with a special focus on Sonoma County. Dr. Johnson and Ms. Young will also speak about the intersection of fire recovery, community, and citizen science. Hot drinks and light snacks will be provided.
As the co-directors of the Citizen Science program at the California Academy of Sciences since 2011, Dr. Rebecca Johnson and Alison Young engage volunteers in discovering, observing, and documenting biodiversity. From creating a complete current plant record and herbarium collection of Mt. Tamalpais, to monitoring species at local rocky intertidal sites, to bringing the public together to bioblitz the Bay Area’s local parks and open spaces, their goal is to give people opportunities to connect to the outdoors, to science, and to each other. With their partners and through utilizing the Academy’s iNaturalist platform, they’re building communities and creating stewards of nature, both in person and online, while providing invaluable biodiversity data for science and conservation.