April meeting – Amphibians and Citizen Science

Date/Time

Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Description

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Dr. Bishop and his student Jenna Priest, a 4th year Biology Major at St. Francis Xavier University will be giving a presentation introducing Citizen Science Nova Scotia. This presentation will review the idea of Citizen Science as community-based research with the purpose of making the retrieved data available to the public and for further analysis. The current focus of Citizen Science Nova Scotia is to provincially map the breeding habitats of two amphibians: yellow spotted salamanders and wood frogs. Jenna and Dr. Bishop will be launching a website that will allow anyone to read about these creatures, upload pictures of eggs found in their natural habitat, and view other breeding locations across Nova Scotia. The presentation will discuss current Citizen Science project happening worldwide, the significance of symbiosis, the severity of current amphibian decline and the natural history of the amphibians Citizen Science is currently studying.

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Museum of Natural History

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