Using eBird to Integrate Citizen Science Into an Undergraduate Ecology Field Laboratory

December 1st, 2012 | RESEARCH

Encouraging nonprofessionals to participate in ecological research through citizen science programs is a recent innovation and an effective strategy for gathering ecological information across broad geographical areas. In this paper, we demonstrate how reporting field-based observations through eBird, a citizen-based birding and data-recording program, can be used as a lab activity in an undergraduate ecology class. This exercise exposes students to worldwide data collecting networks in which non-scientific communities serve as major stakeholders. This lab activity also introduces basic field techniques in ornithology and allows students to answer inquiry-based research questions using a citizen science database.


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Team Members

Thilina Surasinghe, Author, Clemson University
Jason Courter, Author, Clemson University


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1539-2422

Publication: Bioscene
Volume: 38
Number: 2
Page(s): 17

Related URLs

EBSCO Full Text
Citizen Science Online (eBird)


Audience: Educators | Teachers | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists | Undergraduate | Graduate Students
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Education and learning science | Life science
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Citizen Science Programs | Higher Education Programs | Informal | Formal Connections | Public Programs