Citizen Scientists for the Win

PARSThis past weekend I attended the annual Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS) meeting. PARS is an atlas project using citizen scientists to understand the distribution and relative abundance of herpetofauna in the state. I have participated in the project sporadically–especially considering all of my research captures end up in the same database run by the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Overall I was completely blown away by the amount of participation and dedication of volunteer scientists in the project. There is a strong community out there that has made a big difference in helping managers get the information they need about species in the state. If you haven’t heard of it before, definitely consider participating!

PA Counties colored by their number of records.

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