Citizen Science Monitoring Programs in Severn Sound
What is Citizen Science?
Citizen science involves community members as volunteer scientists, drawing on local knowledge and passion for important places. It helps increase our “eyes on the ground,” providing observations over a wider area, and allows for participation in hands-on sampling and data collection. Citizen science is a great tool for scanning a watershed for potential problems, and is an effective way to educate the community about environmental issues and work together on solutions. Sampling can include: lake and tributary quality, algae bloom occurrences, timing of ice cover, and invasive species. Existing SSEA monitoring programs can verify the information, making citizen-collected data more reliable and useful.
A description of each program along with additional results not described in the above reports can be found under the panels below:
What volunteers are saying about our programs?
SSEA Citizen Science programs have received current or past funding from the following supporters:
Need a refresher on collecting data and samples?
Check out our Citizen Science How to Videos for the Stream and Shore Watch programs, and our Demonstration Video of an Aquatic Rake Toss.: