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Friday, May 19 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
A-10: Symposium: Using Citizen Science and Deep Participation to Support Urban Diversity

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Using Citizen Science and Deep Participation to Support Urban Biodiversity: Los Angeles as a Case Study
Organizer: Sabrina Drill - University of Californa Cooperative Extension
Cities around the world, including L.A., are facing massive shifts due to development, climate change, and invasive species among other threats. Balancing these shifts are active communities, public agencies, and non-profits who are investing resources to adapt and create resilient cities. Los Angeles is working towards resiliency, using deep participation in citizen science as a tool. The city is a sprawling metropolitan area, sitting in one of the world's 35 biodiversity hotspots, and home to an incredible diversity of cultures and communities. A limiting factor to making better decisions for communities and policy makers is a lack of data regarding biodiversity and critical ecosystems, as well as support from human communities. The complex nature and scale of LA and many other cities, means that we cannot understand the ecology or find the political will for conservation and restoration without deep public participation. But how do you foster deep participation? The presenters in this session represent a range of organizations who are working towards this goal using different approaches to citizen science. Each organization seeks to bridge interests from varying audiences (e.g. local communities, school groups , naturalists) and researchers to inform management and the political process. We will present our projects as a case study, outlining best practices and lessons learned (including what did not work), about the deep participation and share results that translate citizen science data into science, management, and policy.


Building a collaborative urban citizen science program to inform community tree planting in Los Angeles
Mark Chandler, Earthwatch Institute

Exploring Los Angeles urban biodiversity: A museum-wide initiative
Miguel Ordenana, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The Nature Conservancy's Urban Conservation Strategy for Los Angeles
Sophie Parker, The Nature Conservancy

Training Naturalists, Engaging Anglers
Sabrina Drill, Natural Resources Advisor/California Naturalist Associate Director, University of Californa Cooperative Extension

Friday May 19, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Rooms 2 & 3