World Turtle News, 05/08/2018
Citizen science crucial in collecting data for scientists
Citizens are often the best source of data for scientific research – something that was showcased May 5 at a fair in Kentville.
The Citizen Science Expo was hosted for the second year at Kentville’s Town Hall and organized by the Blomidon Naturalists Society and featured several booths like that of Kayla Hamelin with the Canadian Sea Turtle Network’s Halifax team, who described how citizen science – the collection and analysis of data by the general public – revealed the presence of sea turtles in the Bay of Fundy.
Over two decades ago, there were fewer than 10 known sightings of sea turtles in the bay’s waters and on its shores. After a call for sighting reports was issued, the number jumped to over 300, with fishermen and others living along coastlines reporting them in greater frequency.
“Without citizen science, we would not have known that sea turtle numbers were so prominent here,” said Hamelin.
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