We are currently recruiting citizen scientists to help us conduct bird and butterfly surveys at urban natural areas around Fort Collins!
The Nature in the City Biodiversity Project is a citizen science program that was co-founded in 2015 by the City of Fort Collins, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Colorado State University. Our goal is to collect long-term ecological data that will help support the Nature in the City initiative's vision to maintain "a connected open space network accessible to the entire community that provides a variety of experiences for people and functional habitat for plants and wildlife."
As a citizen scientist, you will help us collect data by conducting point count surveys for birds and Pollard walk surveys for butterflies. No previous bird or butterfly identification skills are necessary. Participants will attend one 2-hour training on either Thursday, May 4th or Saturday, May 6th, complete their first monitoring survey with a program leader, and conduct at least three additional surveys throughout the summer. This program is a great way to learn more about the wildlife that inhabits our city, meet fellow nature-lovers and contribute to our long-term research project!
If you are interested in learning more about the project or would like to apply to be a citizen scientist, please visit our website or contact out newest lab member, Mikko Jimenez, who will be helping to coordinate the program this summer at (Miguel.Jimenez@colostate.edu).
Nature in the City Biodiversity Project: http://www.fcgov.com/natureinthecity/volunteer-biodiversity-project.php