I am slowly trying to get myself back into the blogging swing of things. Here is a CNN article from a couple of weeks ago that caught my eye. I love the idea of citizen scientists:
(CNN) -- As a hobby, Suzie Jirachareonkul, a teacher and mother of two, spends many of her nights searching for endangered toads on the country roads near her home outside Cape Town, South Africa.
She often finds them flattened on the street.
"They're so beautiful and it's just really hard to live with, especially when you're living on the road right here," the 33-year-old said of the toad deaths. "So we started doing something about it. We started saving them off the road in the middle of the rain."
When a scientist caught onto her efforts, Jirachareonkul and a friend assembled about 20 volunteers -- a group she calls the "Toad NUTS" -- to collect data on the endangered Western Leopard Toad.
The information they collect is being used in scientific research.
Read more here
Some other interesting sites about citizen science:
- NatureNews article: Personal technology: Phoning in data -- Far from being just an accessory, mobile phones are starting to be used to collect data in an increasing number of disciplines. Roberta Kwok looks into their potential.
- http://citizensci.com/ A weblog about citizen science projects
- blog post from Science Progress: Harnessing Citizen Scientists -- Let’s Create a Very Public Office of Technology Assessment
- CNN story: Ninety years of birdwatchers' notes going online
- Science Cheerleader blog post: Citizen Scientists: They’re All the Rage
- Fill out this Online Citizen Science Survey
- And, yes, an iPhone app is coming....