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Exploring biodiversity beyond boundaries and participatory (citizen) science

As this has been confusing to me with the two terms being used interchangeably, I investigated and, based on the findings, believe that ‘participatory sciences’ is a larger classification (subject) term, which includes ‘citizen science’ as a specific subset (type) of participatory science.

Bearing that in mind, here’s more from a May 29, 2024 letter/notice received via email about an upcoming participatory sciences conference,

There are so many areas where participatory sciences are creating a better understanding of the world around us. Sometimes looking at just one of those areas can help us see where there is real strength in these practices–and where combined work across this field can inspire huge change.

Right now, biodiversity is on my mind. 

Last week’s International Day of Biological Diversity invited everyone on the planet to be #PartOfThePlan to protect the systems that sustain us. The Biodiversity Plan calls for scientific collaborations, shared commitments, tracking indicators of progress, and developing transparent communication and engagement around actions by the end of this decade.

Participatory science projects have proven–but underutilized–potential to address spatial and temporal gaps in datasets; engage multiple ways of knowing; inform multilateral environmental agreements; and inspire action and change based on improved understandings of the systems that sustain us.

In this field, we have the the tools, experience, and vision to rise to this global challenge. What would it take to leverage the full power of participatory sciences to inspire and inform wise decisions for people and the planet?

If you are working in, or interested in, the frontiers of participatory sciences to address global challenges like biodiversity, you can be part of driving strategies and solutions at next week’s action-oriented stand on biodiversity at CAPS 2024, [Conference for Advancing the Participatory Sciences] June 3-6. Woven throughout the virtual four-day event are sessions that will both inform and inspire collaborative problem solving to improve how the participatory sciences are leveraged to confront the biodiversity crisis.

There will be opportunities in the program to share your thoughts and experiences, whether or not you are giving a talk.  This event is designed to bring together a diversity of perspectives from across the Americas and beyond.

The strand is a collaboration between AAPS [Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences], the Red Iberoamericana de Cienci A Participativa (the Iberoamerican Network of Participatory Science), iDigBio [Integrated Digitized Biocollections], and Florida State University’s Institute for Digital Information & Scientific Communication.  

CAPS 2024 Biodiversity Elements:

Collaborative Sessions Addressing Biodiversity Knowledge

Each day, multiple sessions will convene global leaders, practitioners, and others to discuss how to advance biodiversity knowledge worldwide. Formats include daily symposia, ideas-to-action conversations, virtual multi-media posters, and lightning talk discussions. Our virtual format provides plenty of opportunities for exchanges. 

Find the full biodiversity strand program here >

Plenary Symposia: Biodiversity Beyond Boundaries

Join global leaders as they share their work to span boundaries to create connected knowledge for biodiversity research and action. 

Learn more about the Plenary Symposia >

Biodiversity-themed Virtual Posters and Live Poster Sessions

Over one-third of the 100+ posters focus specifically on advancing biodiversity-related participatory science. Each day, poster sessions highlight a selection of posters via lightning talks and group discussions.  

Our media-rich virtual poster platform lets you easily scroll through all of the posters and chat with presenters on your own time – even from your phone!

View the full poster presenter list here >

There is still time to register!

Sign up now to ensure a seamless conference experience.

We have tiered registration rates to enable equitable access to the event, and to support delivery of future programming for everyone.

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This image is from the May 22, 2024 International Day of Biological Diversity,

The unrestricted exploitation of wildlife has led to the disappearance of many animal species at an alarming rate, destroying Earth’s biological diversity and upsetting the ecological balance Photo:Vladimir Wrangel/Adobe Stock

Brackendale Eagle Count 2011

The annual eagle count in Brackendale, BC takes place on Jan. 1 of each new year. The 2011 numbers are in. From the January 2011 Eagle Count Results page,

Everything is not OK.

For those who think that the huge Sockeye run on the Fraser means all is well with our salmon, think again. Yes, there were huge returns on this one run on this one river in this one year but it really only points our how hopelessly out of touch we are with what is happening out there. No one seems to know why this has happened.

What we do know is that the Eagles follow the food and this year there has been plenty to eat where the Sockeye spawned and died so it has been a banner year for Eagles in the Fraser Valley.

Here not so much. Here there have been two small Coho runs. The Chum run, which is the Eagles’ main food source, seems to have failed to materialize in any appreciable way and we can only speculate why this is so.

Perhaps it is Global Warming or Climate Change or El Niño. Perhaps it is over-fishing and fisheries mismanagement or perhaps it is the giant sodium hydroxide spill CN sent down our river not so long ago. Or fish farms with their diseases, sea lice infestations, chemicals and pollution affecting the fry as they migrate up the coast and out to sea. Perhaps it is all of these.

Results for the 25th Silver Anniversary Brackendale Winter Eagle Count and the previous 25 years are posted here. This year the count total was 627, a far cry from 3769 in 1994. That being said, there were fish in the Squamish system earlier in November and there were more Eagles here then. And the Fraser has been a huge boon for the Eagles meaning that more young birds will survive the winter. We do not know what will happen next year and that is why the Eagle Count is so important.

The eagle count is part of the Brackendale Winter Eagle Festival put on every year by the Brackendale Art Gallery. There are more events planned for January 2011. Here’s a sampling of two:

Sun. Jan. 9th 8 pm (by donation)

David Hancock

Power Point / Video presentation: The Bald Eagle and other local wildlife in video and in real life.

David pioneered the broadcast of live-cam signals from bald eagle nests, and with additional transmissions from underwater cams and intertidal cams. From these selections he will explore the normally unseen biology of the creatures we so love.

David Hancock has spent most of his life studying west coast and arctic wildlife. He has published scientific and popular books and papers on whales, seals, seabirds, grouse and his speciality, the northern raptors. Prior to starting Hancock House Publishers he was a pilot and wildlife film producer — again specializing in the native cultures and wildlife of the coast and north. He recently completed a book on eagles, The Bald Eagle of Alaska, BC and Washington and another book on the northwest coast Indians, Tlingit: Their Art and Culture. As well, he has a book on the Alaska-Yukon wildflowers nearing press. Currently he is undertaking studies of the bald eagles along the northwest coast and working on a sandhill crane breeding project.

Sun. Jan. 23rd 8 pm (by donation)

Dr. Daniel Pauly

Principal Investigator, Sea Around Us Project

UBC Fisheries Centre Director, November 2003 – October 2008Master (1974), Doctorate (1979) and ‘Habilitation’ (1985) in Fisheries Biology and Biological Oceanography (University of Kiel, Germany).

Dr. Daniel Pauly is a French citizen who completed his high school and university studies in Germany; his doctorate (1979) and habilitation (1985) are in Fisheries Biology, from the University of Kiel. After many years at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), in Manila, Philippines, Daniel Pauly became in 1994 Professor at the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, of which he was the Director for 5 years (Nov. ’03-Oct. ’08). Since 1999, he is also Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Project (see www.seaaroundus.org), funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, and devoted to studying, documenting and promoting policies to mitigate the impact of fisheries on the world’s marine ecosystems.

It’s a very eclectic festival featuring art work and performances in addition to the lectures. Here’s an interview with Thor, one of the festival’s originators,

I did briefly comment last year about the Brackendale event as a form of participatory science (my Jan. 22, 2010 posting). This year the festival and count celebrate a 25th anniversary.