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COA presents talk on Citizen Scientists

Posted March 01, 2013, at 10:34 a.m.
Last modified March 01, 2013, at 11:26 a.m.
Rainbow Lorikeet, posted on Project Noah’s website by Leslie Smitheringdale, Logan City, Queensland, Australia
Rainbow Lorikeet, posted on Project Noah’s website by Leslie Smitheringdale, Logan City, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 4:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: John Visvader; 207-288-5015; newsworthy.com

From Maine’s coastal islands to the rainforests of Peru, everyday citizens are working together to gather data and share insights, creating communities of like-minded nature enthusiasts who are solving environmental problems, protecting critical habitats and sharing their discoveries—and their passions—with the world. These citizen scientists are the subject of a College of the Atlantic Human Ecology Forum talk, “Lab Coat Soldiers—Citizen Scientists are on a Mission to Save the World,” by David Munson of Project Noah. The talk will be at 4:10 p.m. on March 12 in McCormick Lecture Hall.

Munson is the education director of Project Noah, an international social media platform and mobile technology application. The platform encourages nature lovers to share their encounters with wildlife and contribute their experiences and expertise to research projects as citizen scientists. In January, COA and Project Noah formed an alliance to advance environmental stewardship and education. Munson’s talk examines how citizen scientists are changing education and public attitudes while also utilizing technology to reconnect participants with nature. He will also offer advice on how to use Project Noah and other tools to launch local citizen science missions to benefit Maine wildlife.

With more than 170,000 users around the world, Project Noah is one of the leading mobile apps and online platforms of its kind. Promoting this type of social and ecological responsibility is a common goal for both Project Noah and COA. Both organizations expect the new partnership to foster grassroots stewardship of the natural world on both local and global scales.

Munson is a science writer and educator seeking new ways to help people of all ages discover and explore their connections with nature. He has a background in entomology and agriculture from Cornell University, and has published hundreds of articles on science, education, and other subjects as a freelance writer and the former science news writer for the University of Maine.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.

CAPTION: Rainbow Lorikeet, posted on Project Noah’s website by Leslie Smitheringdale, Logan City, Queensland, Australia

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