Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Project Citizen Science Lets Yellowstone Visitors Aid Wolf Research
The next time you visit Yellowstone and take a great wolf photo, you could also be helping researchers as they monitor everything from infectious diseases to breeding habits among the elusive animals.
Penn State University graduate student Emily Almberg set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise $7,000 for a website that will solicit, organize and archive wolf photos. This "Citizen Science Project" website will let visitors upload wolf photos along with additional data and observations creating a more robust resource for Yellowstone researchers. This project will be a valuable tool for the Yellowstone Wolf Project and also a great educational resource for the public. It's a way for Yellowstone wolf watchers to contribute to scientific study of the beast they flock to see!
The campaign has already received more than $1,200 in pledges after five days, and runs through April 16th. Please click here to learn more about how you can support this project.