Citizen Science in the North Creek Forest
Citizen science (CS; also known as community science, crowd science, crowd-sourced science, civic science, volunteer monitoring, or online citizen science) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists. Citizen science is sometimes described as "public participation in scientific research," participatory monitoring, and participatory action research whose outcomes are often advancements in scientific research, as well as an increase in the public's understanding of science.
Directions for Participating in Photo-point Citizen Science Program:
We are looking for photos of each plant is undergoing phenology changes - like flowering, fruiting, gaining leaves, losing leaves, pollinators visiting plants and anything else interesting! This will help us visually track how quickly plants are growing and how phenology is changing over time right here in the forest. Our goal is to gather enough information to produce a phenology chart specifically for North Creek Forest. We are having a contest with these categories in mind: Best Overall, Best Phenology (Buds, Fruit etc), Most Creative, Science Selfie (take a photo with the plant). The winner of each category will receive a special prize.
The plant tags use QR codes for plant information
How to use the QR codes:
Additionally, this information can be reviewed through PlantsMap at www.plantsmap.com/organizations/friends-of-north-creek-forest
This is a map of the plants that have QR Codes located at the lower restoration sites (off of 112th Ave NE). These are the plants we would like photos submitted of for our Citizen Science Program Photo-points. Our University of Washington Bothell CBLR students Matthew Emery and Laura Nguyan produced this map as well as assisted in kicking-off the program.
This data will be used to track the phenology (timing of flowering, fruiting and other life events) and the growth of our plants, over the course of a season. Photos submitted as part of this project may be used on PlantsMap with credit. If you prefer that your photo not be used, or have any special restrictions please leave a message in the comment field of the google form. Names and emails will be kept private. We won't publish any photos with people in them without advanced permission. For more information about this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to UW Bothell Students Matthew Emery and Laura Nguyan for their assistance on this project.