Citizen Scientist Expectations
Training is provided for all Citizen Scientists.
These expectations relate to the team work on the project.
If there are aspects that won’t work for a particular volunteer, another member of the team can assist, but all members must be prepare to contribute their best work.
- Accurate and precise data collection with clear block print on field forms
- Plants in plot will be counted-volunteers will be on hands and knees for up to 4-8 hours at a time
- Must like and be interested in learning grasses, as this is the dominant species. Training is provided
- Data collection should happen on each adopted transect once a month, 1st and 3rd week of the month (if you have two transects you will collect data twice a month)
- Data collection happens year round-more research oriented in winter vs field data
- Vascular plants and bryophytes will be included in field data collection
- DO NOT walk in the plots, while conducting research
- DO NOT remove plants from research quadrats
- Record hours volunteered in Hoyt Arboretum Visitors Center
- Primary source, journal research reguarding Spiranthes
- historic distribution,
- restoration treatments,
- seed germination,
- seed banking,
- reproduction cycle
- Participate in writing report and paper for eventual publication
- Use of email to communicate progress, concerns, and general updates
- Attendance at occasional team meetings as needed
- Ensure that data is entered into whatever the final resting place will be