Cullinan Park Conservancy

Become a Citizen Scientist

May 14, 2020

Become a Citizen Scientist

If you spend time at Cullinan Park and want to record your observations, you can contribute to Citizen Science - the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Here are two great options if you’d like to get started:


One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over a million scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

It's also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose, or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users.

Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facilityto help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe. That's the vision behind iNaturalist. So if you like recording your findings from the outdoors, or if you just like learning about life, join us!  

www.inaturalist.org/signup

 

 

eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. A collaborative enterprise with hundreds of partner organizations, thousands of regional experts, and hundreds of thousands of users, eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

eBird data document bird distribution, abundance, habitat use, and trends through checklist data collected within a simple, scientific framework. Birders enter when, where, and how they went birding, and then fill out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. eBird’s free mobile app allows offline data collection anywhere in the world, and the website provides many ways to explore and summarize your data and other observations from the global eBird community. 
 
Cullinan Park is an eBird hotspot. Check out our eBird page to see the latest bird sightings in the park:
 

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L224113

 

With eBird, you can:

  • Find more birds 
  • Keep track of your bird lists, photos, and sounds
  • Explore latest sightings from around the world
  • Join the world’s largest birding community 
  • Contribute to science and conservation

Learn how to get started