Field Orientated Cit-Sci Working Groups

(Published on 6th March 2017)

The next round of Working Group Meetings linked to NZ Landcare Trust's Citizen Science project will have a decidedly practical feel, as attendees have the opportunity to see projects first-hand and gain a better understanding of the latest ideas and innovations.

The upcoming meetings will include visits to established citizen science projects, as well as new projects, harnessing the collective skills and experience of both groups.  It will be interesting to see how new technologies are creating fresh opportunities to nurture citizen science initiatives.

The latest Working Group meetings will kick off in the Manawatu region 20 March, with others planned for Auckland, Nelson and Dunedin over the following couple of months.

NZ Landcare Trust Regional Coordinator Alastair Cole says the Manawatu itinerary will be full-on. "We are planning a bus trip that will head into the heartland of the Wairarapa where we will visit three separate groups that are adopting a Citizen Science based approach to their work."

"We will be hiring a bus for the trip so numbers will be limited - at this stage we are anticipating that around 50 places will be available."

"If you are interested in getting involved in this event or one of the other Working Group meetings, keep an eye out for further announcements on the NZ Landcare Trust website or our social media channels - Facebook and Twitter," Alastair added.

Last year's highly successful meetings had a workshop feel and served to identify key areas for consideration as well as setting the stage for ongoing work. Discussions at the four meetings were far reaching. Funding was a regular topic, with participants suggesting financial support should "sow and germinate projects as well as sustain their growth."

Participation attracted attention, particularly the need to grow Citizen Science by encouraging greater involvement and maintain momentum where projects are already active. Data is core to citizen science,  so it was unsurprising that this area was explored thoroughly.  Data quality, data collection and appropriate methods, the analysis and interpretation of data, reporting, and administration all featured.

Monica Peters is a specialist in community-led biodiversity restoration projects and Citizen Science, and she has been key to the delivery of NZ Landcare Trust's Citizen Science Meets Environmental Restoration Project. As well as authoring an inventory of Citizen Science in New Zealand, Monica has also captured the details of each of the initial Working Group meetings in her blog. Details can be found at:

 

For more information about the project or the event in Manawatu contact NZ Landcare Trust Regional Coordinator Alastair Cole:

 

 

 

 

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