Action: Monitor Wildlife
Monitoring birds for aesthetic value rather than for food became popular in the late 18th century and the study of birds became prevalent in Britain during the Victorian Era. Today people can join a global community of citizen scientists, and take part in environmental monitoring. Theses citizen science movements have been proven to assist in identifying environmental threats to bird populations, and can even help assess outcomes to environmental management initiatives.
Monitoring wildlife has gone far beyond birding, and there are many different types of citizen science activities SAM communities and residents can become involved in, either provincially , nationally and even globally! Check out our list of opportunities below and get involved!
Other Citizen Science Programs & Resources
Fish & Oceans
Marine Debris Tracker
Birder: The acceptable term used to describe the person who seriously pursues the hobby of birding. May be professional or amateur (Birding, Volume 1, No. 2).
Birding: A hobby in which individuals enjoy the challenge of bird study, listing, or other general activities involving bird life (Birding, Volume 1, No. 2).
Bird-watcher: A rather ambiguous term used to describe the person who watches birds for any reason at all, and should not be used to refer to the serious birder (Birding, Volume 1, No. 2).
Citizen Science: Scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions (Oxford English Dictionary (OED) June 2014)
Citizen Scientist: a scientist whose work is characterized by a sense of responsibility to serve the best interests of the wider community (now rare); or a member of the general public who engages in scientific work, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions; an amateur scientist (Oxford English Dictionary (OED) June 2014).