The incidental steward : reflections on citizen science /

A search for a radio-tagged Indiana bat roosting in the woods behind her house in New York's Hudson Valley led Akiko Busch to assorted other encounters with the natural world--local ecological monitoring projects, community-organized cleanup efforts, and data-driven citizen science research. Wh...

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Author / Creator:Busch, Akiko.
Imprint:New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
Description:1 online resource
Language:English
Subject:Environmental monitoring -- Hudson River Valley (N.Y. and N.J.)
Wildlife conservation -- Hudson River Valley (N.Y. and N.J.)
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Environmental Policy.
SCIENCE -- Environmental Science.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Civics & Citizenship.
Environmental monitoring.
Wildlife conservation.
SCIENCE.
Research & Methodology.
Earth & Environmental Sciences.
Ecology.
United States -- Hudson River Valley.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11182180
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ISBN:0300195087
9780300195088
9781299464025
1299464025
9780300178791
0300178794
0300205678
9780300205671
Digital file characteristics:data file
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
English.
Print version record.
Summary:A search for a radio-tagged Indiana bat roosting in the woods behind her house in New York's Hudson Valley led Akiko Busch to assorted other encounters with the natural world--local ecological monitoring projects, community-organized cleanup efforts, and data-driven citizen science research. Whether it is pulling up water chestnuts in the Hudson River, measuring beds of submerged aquatic vegetation, or searching out vernal pools, all are efforts that illuminate the role of ordinary citizens as stewards of place. In this elegantly written book, Busch highlights factors that distinguish twenty-first-century citizen scientists from traditional amateur naturalists: a greater sense of urgency, helpful new technologies, and the expanded possibilities of crowdsourcing. The observations here look both to precisely recorded data sheets and to the impressionistic marginalia, scribbled asides, and side roads that often attend such unpredictable outings. While not a primer on the prescribed protocols of citizen science, the book combines vivid natural history, a deep sense of place, and reflection about our changing world. Musing on the expanding potential of citizen science, the author celebrates today's renewed volunteerism and the opportunities it offers for regaining a deep sense of connection to place.
Other form:Print version: 9781299464025