Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Connecticut Citizen Science: Bruce Museum Connecticut Turtle Atlas


Connecticut Citizen Science: Bruce Museum Connecticut Turtle Atlas


Project: Connecticut Turtle Atlas 
Goal: to track turtle around Connecticut 
Who Can participate: Pretty much anyone! Great activity for kids or adults. 
Level of Difficulty: Easy

The Connecticut Turtle Atlas is a Citizen Science Program run by the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT.  This is a great first project for any prospective citizen scientist. If you own a smartphone and can spot turtle you can participate. The Connecticut Turtle Atlas relies on volunteers to collect data on the specific location of different species of turtle around the state of Connecticut. Volunteers track data using the iNaturalist.org  platform (require a quick sign up) and can see how their work fits into the larger picture. I have participated in this program with students and absolutely recommend it. 

Snapping Turtle hatchling in my yard Summer 2015
To brush up on the turtle species in Connecticut The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has a great turtle resource. See it here: Turtles in Connecticut 

Learn more about The Connecticut Turtle Atlas at  https://brucemuseum.org/site/education_detail/citizen-science






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