I’m sharing this request from the citizen science discussion listserv because I think there may be many forum readers with conservation impact stories to tell, from iNaturalist or beyond. I don’t have any involvement in this myself.
The Participatory and Citizen Science Working group from the Society of Conservation Biology is leading a new project called “Conservation Impacts of Citizen Science.” This project seeks to document the broad ranging conservations impacts and outcomes of citizen science within communities all around the world. We are looking for citizen science project managers and leaders to contribute information about the associated conservation outcomes that have resulted from their previous, or ongoing, citizen science projects. These conservation outcomes could be things such as policy changes, evidence of successful conservation management, changes to resource management programs, etc.
Please join our project at https://www.anecdata.org/projects/view/419 to help us build a more holistic picture of the tangible benefits of citizen science from around the world. Feel free to share widely with your networks!
The Participatory and Citizen Science Working Group from the Society for Conservation Biology
Tina B. Phillips, PhD
Assistant Director, Center for Engagement in Science and Nature
Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability Faculty Fellow
Citizen Science Association Board Member