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Everyone is invited to help gather information about wildlife in Fort Collins as a Citizen Science Biodiversity Project volunteer this spring and summer. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy the city’s natural spaces as volunteers will be looking for birds, butterflies and bees.
This important scientific data will increase understanding of “a connected open space network accessible to the entire community that provides a variety of experiences and functional habitat for people, plants and animals” as called for in the Nature in the City Strategic Plan. Applications will be accepted until May 11 at https://naturetracker.fcgov.com/VolunteerApplication (check you are interested in citizen science).
Free; no previous experience is necessary. Training will be Saturday, May 14 or Tuesday, May 17, and surveys will be done over the summer. Volunteers must be 18 or older (children can accompany adult volunteers), and must commit to the two hour training session and to completing four surveys.
The Citizen Science volunteer program is sponsored by City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department’s Nature in the City Program, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Colorado State University’s Center for Collaborative Conservation, and Colorado State University’s Global Biodiversity Center.