The PaCS Board recently conducted a member survey to determine priority activities for the group’s first few years. The working group board and members will be focusing on:
Promoting/Tracking Conservation Impacts and Connecting with Natural Resource Management and Policy
- Tracking conservation impacts of citizen science on conservation outcomes.
- Create a crowdsourced, online, inventory of conservation citizen science projects and platforms that has adequate QA/QC mechanisms
- Tracking/sharing/listing research goals and objectives.
- Yield an interactive inventory of successes, “failures”, pitfalls, and lessons learned
- Science story telling (local, open to the public, virtual) at meetings.
- Provide resources for agencies /academic institutions to recognize and reward community engaged scholarship.
- Develop initiatives for citizen science to better contribute to biodiversity conservation and natural resource management and policy.
Citizen Science Best Management Practices
- Best Management Practices (BMPs) for citizen science in conservation: when and how should we use citizen science?
Conferences and Workshops
- A symposium or group meeting at a Citizen Science Association Conference.
- Symposium or other activity at International Congress for Conservation Biology and SCB section meetings.
- Trainings at SCB on projects such as eBird, iNaturalist, etc., to raise awareness of those opportunities.
- Small conferences that can be organized to cover specific topics in citizen science research.
- Host workshop on beginning a citizen science program or using common/good tools.
- Workshops for scientists to communicate with non-scientists.