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Thursday, May 18 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
D-03: Symposium: The Emerging Whole: Putting Citizen Science in Place

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The Emerging Whole: Putting Citizen Science in Place
Organizer: Mary Ellen Hannibal
As the ecological crisis critically imperils biodiversity, citizen science (CS) posits a platform for addressing it at local to global scales. But while projects proliferate, actual conservation outcomes from CS are lagging or inadequate . Why? What's missing? How do we bridge the divide between science and action? The statistical and modeling rigor of Big Data are often referenced as the "science" CS, but its specialized rationales can separate it from local relevance. Academic attention to participant experience excavates the "citizen," yet its focus on the personal often stops short of supporting more powerful collective, landscape-level impacts. Mary Ellen Hannibal will moderate a discussion of where large-scale data collection and analysis and individual experience come together on local landscapes. Allen Fish of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory and Julia Parrish of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team will talk about managing hundreds of volunteers over decades, not only furnishing data and research themselves but fostering others to do the same. We will articulate "place" as the meeting ground for the dichotomous end points of "citizen" and "science," and the gateway for conservation outcomes.

PRESENTATIONS:

Sense of Place and Collective Identity in the COASST Program
Julia Parrish, COASST/University of Washington

The Emerging Whole: Putting Citizen Science in its Place
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Thirty Years of Raptor Monitoring: Conservation Impacts
Allen Fish, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Rooms 10, 11 & 12

Attendees (30)