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.

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 Blue Morpho Costa Rica: Blue Morpho Science The first time we saw one of these incredibly bright butterflies both Theresa and I thought it must be a tropical bird. Continue Reading Temperate Rain Forest From Tropical to Temperate Rain Forest Science How quickly we replaced the warm humid climate of Costa Rica’s tropical rain forest with the cold humid climate of the Olympic Peninsula’s temperate rain forest. Continue Reading Spotted Sandpiper Costa Rica: Spotted Sandpiper Science Jaco Beach is known for its nightlight but the area is full of wildlife as well. This Spotted Sandpiper was just one of the many birds we spotted while relaxing on the shoreline. Continue Reading

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Costa Rica Fieldwork short film

It’s been sometime since I published a short film so here’s one we filmed while in Costa Rica. It shows our last trip up into the mountainous jungles of the La Fortuna Area. 

As you’ll see, we were a long way from the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest.

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