Nature and the Citizen Scientist

A Wordle image of the birds submitted to the WNYC and New York Times crowdsourced bird-watching map.

Akiko Busch, writer, essayist and faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, reflects on her experiences as a citizen observing and documenting the Hudson Valley in her new book, The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science (Yale University Press). She also explores the role modern amateur naturalists play in the preservation of place.

Listeners, are you participating in any citizen science projects? Are you reporting on animals, plants or fungi you observe? What kinds of species are you tracking, or what are you measuring? Leave your comment below!