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Old 07-02-2015, 10:55 AM   #1
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America's WildRead is back. July 1: Bringing Conservation to Cities John Hartig

America's WildRead: Why the National Wildlife Refuge System Needs Successful Urban Refuges by John Hartig

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Investing in urban conservation should also help develop a more conservationally-literate society and one that values, appreciates, and cares for conservation in cities and beyond.
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Week One: Why the National Wildlife Refuge System Needs Successful Urban Refuges
Week Two: Becoming Part of the Community Fabric
Week Three: Compelling Urban Citizen Science
Week Four: Lessons Learned from Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
We are pretty jazzed about this WildRead month so welcome and keep your eye on tomorrow's first essay by John!
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Ah, another great site to peruse! I enjoyed reading about the rebirth of the Detroit River. Imagine, Bald Eagles in Detroit!!!
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The discussion this week is about citizen science and the benefits of such projects. The question of the day is what projects do you know and / or support in your area.

America's WildRead: Compelling Citizen Science by John Hartig

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To help develop the next generation of conservationists, a priority has been placed on reconnecting people with nature through compelling citizen science. Good examples of involving citizens in observing and understanding nature, and contributing to conservation in our Refuge, include: DetroitRiver Hawk Watch in one of the three best places to watch raptor migrations in the U.S., marsh bird monitoring, Christmas Bird Counts, common tern restoration and monitoring, habitat restoration and enhancement work through our Refuge Stewardship Crew, and soft shoreline engineering at over 50 sites in the watershed. And all of this citizen science is being done in a refuge with nearly seven million people in a 45-minute drive.
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What role does citizen science play in bringing conservation to your city and what creative citizen science efforts have you used or been involved in?
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In case you missed it...
America's WildRead: Becoming Part of the Community Fabric by John Hartig

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A few examples of how the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is becoming part of the community fabric include:

  • Refuge staff serving on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy that is building, stewarding, and programming a 5.5-mile Detroit RiverWalk in downtown Detroit – one of the largest urban waterfront redevelopment projects in the United States;
  • Being a consistent long-term supporter of well-attended community events like the Point Mouillee Waterfowl Festival that attracts up to 10,000 people each year, Hawk Fest that attracts over 4,000 people each year, and Detroit River Days that attracts over 100,000 people each year;
  • Being a supporter and champion for working beyond refuge boundaries by promoting soft shoreline engineering at over 50 locations in the watershed, creating new waterfront porches for both people and wildlife; and
  • Being a partner in regional efforts like the Detroit Heritage River Water Trail for kayaking and canoeing, the southeast Michigan greenway trail network, and the ByWays to FlyWays bird driving tour for southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario.


Indeed, there are more examples, but the point is that we need to find ways and means of becoming part of the community fabric. To become part of the community fabric will not only require becoming involved, but staying involved for long periods of time.
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I hadn't thought of citizen science in that way. Great if it helps people to reconnect with nature. I love the backyard bird count, but just assumed that the folks who participated already had an interest...but, I can see how it could get them more and more engaged...and can engage children who witness and participate with their parents.
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