Special Symposium

Friday, 12:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location - main meeting venue

Symposium Title: Citizen Science – Linking Science, Management, and Stewardship

Symposium speakers will be invited by the local planning committee.

Background and Goals:

Citizen science has become a crucial link in connecting people to their local environment, providing data for management at temporal and spatial scales that are difficult to achieve otherwise. In an age where resources for scientific education and exploration are limited, these local, place-based experiences also provide an exceptional opportunity to expand scientific knowledge. A wide variety of citizen science is conducted in New England with varying degrees of data vigor and level of commitment. While shown to be an effective way to gather data, citizen science also has its challenges. This symposium will provide case studies from citizen science projects throughout New England and will be followed by a discussion session about the importance and challenges of this work.