Urban Bird Gardens: Assessing the Interest of Latino Communities in Citizen Science

April 1st, 2008 - March 31st, 2009 | PROJECT

Cornell University will utilize planning grant funds to conduct front-end research to inform a major citizen science effort targeting Latino families in six major US cities. Partnering organizations include the New York Restoration Project (New York), Aspira of Illinois, Inc. (Chicago), Youth Policy Institute (Los Angeles), Chicanos Por la Causa, Inc. (Phoenix), the Children's Museum of Houston (Houston), and Aspira of Florida, Inc. (Miami) Project deliverables for the planning effort include culturally responsive research and subsequent dissemination of findings. The Garibay Group will create profiles of partner communities and conduct focus groups with potential project participants to examine attitudes towards science, interest in participatory science activities, tools (online bird identification, data entry, and data visualization tools), and technologies. The research will also include an analysis of existing data from interviews previously conducted by project partners. The research results will provide insights into effective strategies for engaging Latino audiences in citizen science efforts.

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Team Members

Janis Dickinson, Principal Investigator, Cornell University
Rick Bonney, Co-Principal Investigator, Cornell University
Cecilia Garibay, Evaluator, Garibay Group


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0755280
Funding Amount: 74613


Access and Inclusion: Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities | Urban
Audience: Evaluators | Families | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Life science | Nature of science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Citizen Science Programs | Public Programs