The Andersons are going to report any banded gull they see along their way, so stay tuned for potential reports from them. Jamie and her family heard of the Appledore gull banding project through a new and very exciting citizen science project called, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. The ASC asks adventure athletes who are traveling around the world to collect data as they explore. The data they collect go to researchers who need help getting expensive, time consuming and difficult-to-reach information from remote corners of the globe. Adventurers working with ASC are helping scientists with all sorts of projects including: collecting diatoms from rivers on the Indian subcontinent, recording observations of mammals at high elevations on Mount Kilimanjaro, and collecting sediments and moss from the Caspian and Aral Seas. Our humble little gull project is now listed as one of the ASC opportunities!
ASC is just one of many opportunities for citizens to make significant contributions to our understanding of the natural world.
Speaking of citizen science: If you are interested in helping scientists track banded California Brown Pelicans, and potentially winning a spotting scope in the process, check out International Bird Rescue’s Banded Pelican Sighting Contest. IBR is looking for volunteers on the west coast to search for Brown Pelican’s wearing blue field readable leg bands. The banded pelicans have been rehabilitated in wildlife hospitals and biologists are interested in knowing where the birds go and how long they survive after they are released. Significant resources are put toward rehabilitating these birds. Therefore, the hospital staff are extremely interested in knowing what happens to them upon release into the wild.