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UW hosts 'citizen science' conference in Lander

Nov 13, 2016 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute will host the first Wyoming Citizen Science Conference and associated workshops from Dec. 1-3 in Lander.

Citizen science programs -- in which citizens help scientists conduct research -- are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. In Wyoming, community members help with dozens of citizen science programs, including projects focused on birds, climate, monarch butterflies and archaeology.

Although data collected during these projects are valuable to communities and researchers invested in these issues, Wyoming faces some challenges in supporting the projects, said conference organizer Brenna Marsicek.

The first of its kind in the state, the Wyoming Citizen Science Conference will focus on the problems and solutions that citizen science program managers and volunteers face when implementing and participating in programs.

"This conference is geared toward discussing the challenges of coordinating, hosting and participating in citizen science in Wyoming and, most importantly, solutions to those challenges," Marsicek says.

Rob Miller, a research biologist at Boise State University's Intermountain Bird Observatory, is the keynote speaker. He leads a variety of projects, including breeding season studies of the northern goshawks, mountain quail and many species of woodpeckers.

Registration is open until 5 p.m. on Nov. 25. The conference costs $100 for the public; $50 for speakers or sponsors; and $25 for student speakers.

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