Working to Preserve South Dakota’s Hunting & Fishing Heritage!
© 2012 South Dakota Wildlife Federation. All Rights Reserved.
PO Box 7075 Pierre, SD 57501 | 605-224-7524
Authors: Chuck and Mary Lou Berry
Charles Berry is a retired USGS fisheries scientist and Emeritus Professor at SDSU. Mary Lou Berry is a retired Librarian.
"Citizen scientists are non-scientist volunteers who make observations and send the information to real scientists who search for large-scale patterns and trends in the data. The most well-known citizen science project is the Christmas Bird Count in which thousands of bird watchers record bird species and send the data to the National Audubon Society.
Hunters, anglers, and bird watchers have been helping wildlife science for years by returning bands and tags from captured animals (photo shows duck leg band). However, new ways to become a citizen scientist are increasing and opportunities are numerous.
It doesn’t take a PhD to be a citizen scientist. Participate alone or with a group on a topic that interests you. Work in your yard and garden, or in a nearby field, forest, lake or stream. The time commitment is up to you – from 15 minutes counting birds at your feeder to several months recording dates of flowering and leaf fall of a plant in your yard.
We have published a series of articles for the Federation’s monthly newspaper Out-of-doors in which we describe our experiences as citizen scientists watching bees, birds, buds, ice, frogs, and water. The purpose of this article is to provide up-dates on our experiences, news about up-coming opportunities, and information about some results."
Current News / Past News - Issues
Read the articles on watching bees, birds, buds, ice, frogs, and water in these past issues of Out-of Doors. (click on subject below to open article)
Plan to Attend!
72nd Annual Convention Sioux Falls, SD
Holiday Inn Southwest
September 9th & 10th 2017