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Citizen Science @ Downtown

Citizen Science @ Downtown

Join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Let’s connect, inspire and inform each other! For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 Show more dates
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Downtown Upstairs Meeting Room
  Adults     Teens 12-18 years  
  Library Classes     STEAM     Technology  

Año Nuevo Island Animal Count

This summer, researchers in the Costa lab at UC Santa Cruz have developed a unique opportunity for community science regarding the pinnipeds and birds that live on Año Nuevo Island. Dr. Roxanne Beltran, Dr. Patrick Robinson, and undergraduate Sarah Wood have utilized drone imagery to census different species of pinnipeds and birds on Año Nuevo Island - but with over 40,000 images of animals to count, they developed a citizen science website to recruit some help from the public. This citizen science opportunity allows participants to be part of a collaborative project to better understand how many seals, sea lions, and birds are on Año Nuevo Island during different times of the year, and can provide important insight into the health of different pinniped and bird populations.

Please join Dr. Patrick Robinson, Dr. Roxanne Beltran, and Sarah Wood to learn more about how this project came to be, and get expert tips and tricks on how to count the animals of Año Nuevo. Bring your own computer to participate in a brief pinniped counting workshop with our experts. We encourage you to get started counting by exploring the site on your own at sealcount.com!

Dr. Patrick Robinson is the Director of the Año Nuevo Reserve, Dr. Roxanne Beltran is a post-doctoral researcher in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, and Sarah Wood is a UCSC Undergraduate (CAMINO intern.

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