Monday, October 15, 2007

Wildlife in My Yard Citizen Science project

Habitat conservation efforts in the United States have been predominantly focused on protecting natural ecosystems. In residential ecosystems, people have the potential to strongly influence wildlife population dynamics, directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, through landscaping, bird feeding, and pet ownership practices.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center has begun a pilot citizen science program named 'Wildlife in My Yard'. Participants observe the activity in their yards for 30 minutes. They then go online, sign in and enter background information, and proceed to the survey where they record whether certain groups of wildlife are present or absent in their yard. Recording what is absent is just as important as recording what is present. In an effort to draw valid conclusions, observations should be made at about the same time of day for each time reported. Mornings or late afternoon/evening are probably the best times to observe the greatest number of critters.

If you live in the Tampa Bay area and would like to participate in this Citizen Science project, go online to , or email for more information..

Dolly Cummings
The Nature Center at the
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center
located at the south end of 24th St SE
in Ruskin, FL 33570
Office: (813)641-8545
Fax: (813) 642 6155
Camp Bayou is a partnership between the
Ruskin Community Development Foundation and
Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

"Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
Hans Christian Anderson

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