Citizen Scientist

Description

Citizen science is the opportunity for peoples in the community to contribute to important scientific research! Scientists are hard at work trying to understand the ocean, track species, or conserve endangered animals, but they need your help!


Task

Find a citizen science project accessible to you, and participate or contribute at least once.

At Ocean Wise, the Ocean Wise Research team has many ongoing projects, including the BC Cetaceans sighting network.

The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network is a research and conservation program of the Vancouver Aquarium, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Their goal is to increase public awareness of British Columbia’s whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles, and the threats to their survival. You can help by reporting animals you see in B.C. waters and by learning more about how to minimize your impact to marine mammals in our Threats section.

You can find more citizen science projects online. **Please note that some citizen science projects require an email address to participate. ALWAYS check with an adult first before registering an email address. Here are some links to help you get started

National Geographic

Ocean Networks Canada

Old Weather

Join a discussion about the benefits and challenges of Citizen Science projects. How do you feel you contributed to research through your efforts? How could you carry this effort into your own life, outside of the citizen science projects?


Learning Objectives

To understand how everyone has an impact on science, not just the scientists.


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