Veterans Citizen Science Pilot Project on “Voice of the Veteran”

Voice of the Veteran logoOur Veterans Citizen Science Pilot was featured on the July 18th airing of ”Voice of the Veteran” on WNHU, hosted by Gabe Kautzner and Justin Furuare.  This show is dedicated to making veterans aware of resources available to aid their transition following military service.

Audio from the program is found at 

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Wildlife CSI Summer 2014 – Pilot Study with Veterans as Participants

forward observer for blogDuring this year, we will not be offering a citizen science competition as we did last summer.  Instead we are conducting a pilot study looking at the response of Veterans as they view wildlife images from our project and are gathering Veterans’ input regarding the development of this citizen science program.   If you are a Veteran in the Connecticut area and would like to take part, please see the menu link above and the accompanying recruitment flier at Trinity College Veterans Citizen Science Flyer summer 2014

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It’s not easy being a scavenger.

Cape VultureWe will be thinking a fair amount about scavengers in BIOL 182 as we consider ecology.  This news piece relates some challenges faced by vultures in southern Africa.

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Three Weeks into Wildlife CSI – Fall 2013

CSI Fall 2013 Team Standings_131111Here are the latest team standings (click on table to enlarge) as of Monday (11/11) morning.  Keep up the good work.  Looks like it will be an exciting run for the pizza dinner.  Thanks for your involvement.

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Wildlife CSI Fall 2013 – Current Team Standings

CSI Fall 2013 Team Standings_131105Two weeks of Wildlife CSI have now passed.  The contest remains very close, with the Trinvestigators maintaining their lead from last week.  At this early point, any team could be the leader next week, if they provide a strong showing of carefully identified images.

Collectively, your class has now provided over 31,000 image categorizations.  Thanks for this big contribution to our scavenging ecology research!

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Love Your Dog? Thank an Ancient Composter.

wolf  human dog postingHuman-dog interactions go back a long ways.   Composting may figure into that history.   As a paper published this spring argues, this human-canine association might have originated with wolves scavenging from ancient compost piles.  Check out coverage of this research at

What canids (members of the dog family) have you encountered in the CSI images?

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Wildlife CSI – Fall 2013: Team Standings after Week 1

CSI Fall 2013 Team Standings 131028Week 1 of Wildlife CSI – Fall 2013 is now done.  Here are the complete team standings as of this morning.  Thanks for your involvement.  Looks like some close competition.

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Bad Bears

Andean bears attack cameraGlad that we don’t have to deal with these guys at the field site for our experiment.   See the linked news article to learn about these bad bears.

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What’s Citizen Science?

HMTCA visit 2011As you dive into Wildlife CSI, perhaps you’re wondering what citizen science is all about.

Pay a visit to this National Geographic resource and learn a little about what it represents:


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NYT Piece on Crowdsourcing in Ecological Research

Lab of O ebird mapThanks again to all of you who participated in our project linking crowdsourcing to research on scavenger ecology.   You might be interested in this recent NYT story describing another use of ecological crowdsourcing:

Don’t forget that our wrap-up webinar for Wildlife CSI – Summer 2013 is scheduled for Wednesday, 18 September from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. (Eastern).  It will provide an opportunity to tell you about some preliminary citizen science findings (including the environmental psychology study) and to get your feedback on your experience with Wildlife CSI.  We can also consider use of Wildlife CSI with your students.  The webinar link will be sent out to Wildlife CSI – Summer 2013 participants  a few days ahead of the webinar.   The webinar (only a single session) will be restricted to the first 25 participants, so if you wish to take part, be sure to log in early.

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