Putting the citizen back in science

I love citizen science. It gets people out in nature, learning new skills, and contributes to important goals for science and conservation. Although my current work is focused on conservation , I still contribute to science, as a citizen, in any way that I can. One of my favourite ways is using Ontario Nature’s Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. Reptiles and amphibians are experiencing declines globally as a result of habitat loss/fragmentation, climate change and…

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Gord Edgar Downie Pier at Breakwater Park reclaims Kingston’s waterfront

Photo by Dylan Neild As you stand on the edge of the new Gord Edgar Downie Pier on July 26th and prepare to jump in, we ask you to take a moment. Pause. Reflect. This day has been decades in the making.A long history bonds Lake Ontario Waterkeeper with Kingston. It’s where Waterkeeper launched in June 2001 and where Mark Mattson, President and Waterkeeper, met Gord Downie years earlier. Gord, who lived across from the…

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IJC poll suggests recreation is a top Great Lakes priority

On July 10, 2018 the IJC Great Lakes Water Quality Board released the results of it’s Second Binational Great Lakes Basin Poll. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Mark Mattson presented the poll results with fellow Great Lakes Water Quality Board member, Kelsey Leonard.The poll's findings provide insight into how people experience the Great Lakes. One key finding focused on the importance of recreational activities. Out of all surveyed participants, 89 per cent believe protecting the Great Lakes for recreation…

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(Post-) Weekend reads

Last Friday I was so invested in some data analysis that I forgot everything around me and that included my Friday blog post with weekend reading material. My apologies for that. Nevertheless, here are my weekly favourites for some throughout the week reading.Mu-DNA: a modular universal DNA extraction method adaptable for a wide range of sample typesEfficient DNA extraction is fundamental to molecular studies. However, commercial kits are expensive when a large number of samples…

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