In Alberta, there is a growing effort to engage the public in science and environmental monitoring. From reporting grizzly bear sightings, to listening to amphibian calls, to monitoring water quality, many Albertans are contributing to data to understand the condition of Alberta’s environment
This increase in citizen science has been observed not just in Alberta, but across Canada and worldwide. Today more members of the public are participating in monitoring and scientific research than ever before. As citizen science continues to grow and develop, local governments and public institutions are developing guiding principles to ensure appropriate and effective program design.
The Citizen Science Principles of Good Practice serve as a foundation and catalyst for ongoing dialogue and collaboration in using citizen science to address information and knowledge gaps across Alberta.
Developed with input from citizen science researchers and practitioners, the six principles provide common guidance to consider when designing, implementing, and evaluating citizen science initiatives across the province.
- Have questions or want to become involved in Alberta’s citizen science community? Learn more in this fact sheet or email Alberta Environment and Parks’ Office of the Chief Scientist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Videos, posters, graphic summaries and more from the 2018 workshop ‘Advancing Citizen Science in Alberta’ are available on the workshop website.
- Read more about Using Citizen Science to Advance Environmental Research and Monitoring in Alberta.