Citizen Science

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Current Project

Herpetofauna of the Duke Forest:
A Citizen Science Initiative of the Duke Forest

Are you a scientist at heart?   Do you love to learn about the incredible species that make their home in the Piedmont?  Have you always wanted to be part of a research team?

The Office of the Duke Forest has an opportunity for you! This summer we are launching our first citizen science effort, Herpetofauna of the Duke Forest.  We are looking for a dedicated team of citizen scientists to help us collect data that will increase our understanding of the amphibians and reptiles that live in the Duke Forest.  To learn more about the Herpetofauna Citizen Science Program, why it’s important, and what will be involved, please check out the video at the bottom of this page.

Citizen science is part of a larger effort underway at the Duke Forest to better protect the wildlife species that call it home.  To do so, we need to know a little bit more about them – How many species are still out there?  How many of each species? Where do they hang out?R

Registration is Now Closed

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the survey form linked above by August 10th, but please note a couple important points:

  • Must be 16 or older (under 18 will require parental consent).
  • Must be willing to attend an orientation and training session on August 18th led by Duke Forest Director Sara Childs and Duke Nicholas School faculty member Dr. Nicki Cagle.
  • Must be able to spend an average of 1-2 hours per week in the field and at home submitting data.
  • Must be able to participate at least through October 2018, but note that the program will resume in March 2019.
  • Will not be asked and are not allowed to directly handle the animals.
  • Will work in pairs so if you have a friend or partner who would like to participate, please invite them and indicate it on your registration survey form.

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