As summer approaches and the Nature in the City team gears up for our next field season, we are seeking citizen scientists to help us conduct bird and butterfly surveys at urban natural areas across 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, the 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 collect ecological data by conducting avian point counts and butterfly Pollard walks. These data help inform management and development decisions across the city.
This free program is open to anyone 18 or older (children can accompany adult participants) and no previous bird or butterfly identification skills are required. Participants will attend one 2-hour training on either Thursday, May 3rd or Saturday, May 5th and complete their first monitoring survey with a program leader. After training, citizen scientists will independently conduct at least two bird and two butterfly surveys at two different sites for a total of eight 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 Mikko Jimenez, who will be coordinating the program at (Miguel.Jimenez@colostate.edu).
Nature in the City Biodiversity Project: http://www.fcgov.com/natureinthecity/volunteer-biodiversity-project.php