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Science needs help from citizens who ‘bird’


Volunteer bird watchers, or “birders,” have the opportunity to influence policies affecting threatened species and habitats—if they collect solid data, a new study shows.

To have greater impact, volunteers needed to modify their collection habits of bird surveys so they could be of most use to further conservation efforts, says lead researcher Ayesha Tulloch of the University of Queensland.

“For citizens the motivation is to contribute to ‘real’ science, public information, and conservation. For scientists, citizen science offers a way to collect information that would otherwise not be affordable,” says Tulloch.

Full story at Futurity.

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