I believe citizens are beginning to realize that their birthright, a healthy ecosystem, has been stolen, and they want it back. Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. first_bird Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues-self-restraint.
High Rock Lookout Falsity in intellectual action is intellectual immorality.
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exploring the modern world of citizen-science

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Follow me on my journey to document the modern world of citizen-science and its contribution to conservation. I’ve participated in field work from remote islands off the coast of Alaska to the jungles of Costa Rica. I invited you to share my passions.

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THERE’S A REVOLUTION HAPPENING IN SCIENCE. AND NOW, MORE THAN EVER, YOU CAN BE PART OF IT.

The Timber Tracking Project, was originally all set to go forward this spring, but we all know what happened instead; collecting was suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis.

However, permits have been cleared for this summer and we’ll be out sampling practicing the best kind of social distancing. 

Now it’s all about looking at topo maps and choosing collection zones.

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-- July 2020 --

The outdoor community is well positioned to collect tree tissue samples from far-flung locations on a large scale across each species’ geographic range. Hiking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and other activities bring our volunteers to places few others venture.

This information will power new tools to reveal the origin of any sample of timber––taking away illegal loggers’ ability to sneak poached trees into the world’s wood supply.

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THERE’S A REVOLUTION HAPPENING IN SCIENCE. AND NOW, MORE THAN EVER, YOU CAN BE PART OF IT.

Toleak Survey A New Twist to Our Toleak Survey Science With our trailer out of commission for the time being we decided to do our Toleak Survey with a twist and camp on the beach. Continue Reading Harbor Porpoise Harbor Porpoise Found on Toleak Beach Science We’ve been surveying this section of the Washington coast for approximately two years. We do it year-round every month and in every kind of weather; wind storms, rain, and snow. Continue Reading COASST Fieldwork for COASST Bird Surveys Resumes Science With a bit of creative problem solving we’ve gotten back out in the field to conduct our COASST fieldwork. Continue Reading Last Beached Bird Survey COVID-19 And The Last Beached Bird Survey? Science So just what are we to do with our citizen-science projects when COVID-19 derails the best-laid plans? Continue Reading Whimbrel Costa Rica: Whimbrel Science Compared to the other shorebirds on Jaco Beach that morning this Whimbrel seemed enormous, and yet he had the coordination of a ballerina. Continue Reading Postman Butterfly Costa Rica: Postman Butterfly Science Another one of Costa Rica’s colorful butterflies is the Postman Butterfly. We saw them on a frequent basis around our villa. It was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae. Continue Reading blue-gray tanager Costa Rica: Blue-gray Tanager Science While staying in the La Fortuna area of Costa Rica, we were walking back to the hotel when we heard this incredible bird song emanating from a dense tree. It was full of colorful Blue-Gray Tanager singing their hearts out. Continue Reading Rufous-naped Wren Costa Rica: Rufous-naped Wren Science Every morning we’d hear a Roufous-naped Wren outside our villa. He liked to sit on the power line and sing his heart out, I’m assuming he was hopeful for a mate, but maybe he just enjoyed hearing himself. Continue Reading

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Fort Flagler Bears Winter Colors With Grace

Fort Flagler was conceived and built as the anchor to the Puget Sound’s ‘Triangle of Fire’. Three forts strategically situated to protect the vital Naval assets located in our inland sea. 

Now a popular state park on Marrowstone Island we explore its historic batteries while the crowds are gone and the fort endures winters grey grip. 

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Follow the team’s latest news and social feeds here. You’ll also find links to articles on the latest developments regarding citizen-science and the conservation of our oceans. 

We also use this feed for updates from the field as we pursue our own science and the occasional short video clip.

And please, feel free to join in the conversation. We’d love to hear what you’re up to as well. 

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