Calling All Citizen & Community Scientists!
Seatuck manages and participates in a range of wildlife surveys and other "citizen science" or "community science" projects throughout the year. Some are Seatuck-initiated efforts to gather baseline wildlife information about wildlife on Long Island; others are regional, statewide or nationwide programs in which Seatuck participates, assuming responsibility for a certain location or region on Long Island.
To promote inclusivity and accessibility, Seatuck is now using the term "community science," as well as "citizen science," when referring to our conservation projects. While citizen science recognizes the individual and unstructured nature of data collection that many amateurs cherish, community science encourages a more connected system. We want our projects to be an opportunity for individuals, friends, and families to gather and work on conservation initiatives that are important to them. Our projects also link to the larger community because this valuable research is used by local governments, companies, business owners, and homeowners. It is important to us that the opportunity to engage in environmentalism and conservation be available to everyone, not just those thought of as traditional citizens. By working together as a community, we can spread environmental awareness and knowledge while working on local or regional conservation issues.
Because it is much harder to gather groups to collect data together during the pandemic, the "community" part of community science is forced to be more separated than we would like. But that doesn't mean you can't still participate! Take a walk by yourself, with your family, or on the phone with friends to get outside and continue engaging in conserving Long Island's precious nature.
Upcoming Summer Opportunities:
• Terrapin Watch - Seatuck and our partners on the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group are seeking information from volunteer citizen scientists about Diamondback Terrapin nesting sites across Long Island, as well as potentially dangerous road crossing. More information here.
• Batmap Long Island - Project engages volunteers to record observations of bats across Long Island. Information will be used to help identify important feeding, roosting and perhaps overwintering sites. More information here.
• Long Island River Herring Survey - This survey is organized by Seatuck and our partners at the Long Island Sound Study, Peconic Estuary Program and the South Shore Estuary Reserve - aims to find the waterways where "remnant" runs of river herring still exist and then to monitor the size and timing of those runs. More information here.