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Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation$
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Christopher A. Lepczyk and Paige S. Warren

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273092

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273092.001.0001

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The Use of Citizen Volunteers in Urban Bird Research

The Use of Citizen Volunteers in Urban Bird Research

(p.112) (p.113) Chapter Seven The Use of Citizen Volunteers in Urban Bird Research
Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation

Timothy L. Vargo

Owen D. Boyle

Christopher A. Lepczyk

William P. Mueller

Sara E. Vondrachek

University of California Press

Training community volunteers to become citizen scientists for research has become increasingly popular as an effective and cost-saving alternative to, or augmentation of, paid field assistants. But citizen scientists also require significant amounts of time and resources in order to be trained effectively. We present a study from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA), in which citizens play a vital role in urban research on migration-stopover habitat use. Our experiences with citizen volunteers have been overwhelmingly positive, despite the added efforts. The program has allowed us to tap into individual citizens' strengths and the strengths of the community, as well as providing experiential learning to a community who can claim ownership of local avian research.

Keywords:   citizen science, migration, urban parks, volunteers

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