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Citizen Scientists are vital to our work

This summer, Sue Wickham passed the Citizen Science baton to project manager Jasmine Westbrook and stewardship coordinator Ryan Lewis. Since then, Jasmine and Ryan have introduced Citizen Scientist volunteers to new projects and revisited several of the old.

Ryan has taken members of the group deep into Rockville Trails Preserve to sample invertebrates in the property’s only year-round stream and to monitor red-legged frogs at the Vallejo Swett Ranch. Jasmine has taken volunteers to Rush Ranch to help survey the site of an upcoming restoration project and to help check mammal traps to support Shannon Skalos’s Northern harrier study.

 

Sue started the monthly Citizen Science program ten years ago to engage volunteers with hands-on science and projects on our properties. From planting trees to recording phenology, Sue and the dedicated volunteer team have ventured onto trails once a month on Fridays for years. Now retired, Sue is showing up to help as a Citizen Science volunteer.

Does this sound like fun to you? You can join the Citizen Scientists list by contacting Jasmine Westbrook at jasmine@solanolandtrust.org. No experience is necessary, and you are not required to participate in every event. We would love to have you join the team. Our volunteers and supporters give in many ways. Thank you.

Photos by Sue Wickham.