How can we help? Earth Day = Citizen Science Day
Very meta: social scientist studying scientists.
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Spring 2017
Volume 2, Issue 1
Connect with colleagues conducting research and monitoring in Boston Harbor and the islands on April 11 and 12 at the Boston Harbor & Islands Science Symposium. The schedule features field trips, a Science Café, keynote presentations, lightning talks, concurrent presentations, and panels; register by April 8th. 
The National Water Quality Monitoring Council is hosting a webinar on April 13 at 2pm entitled "Volunteer Monitoring: Starting Strong." This training aligns with EPA and DEP expectations for QAPPs. Pre-registration is required to take part; past NWQMC webinars are available on YouTube.

Friend-of-citizen-scientists and Suffolk University Biology Professor Tom Trott is teaching an introductory course on intertidal ecology at the Eagle Hill Institute in Maine from May 21 to 27. More here about logistics and the application process.
Don't Dump in Salem MA

UMass Boston Biology Professor Jarrett Byrnes teaches data management courses to undergraduates and graduates, and has offered the Network access to course materials for the class "Introduction to Data Science for Biology;" contact him directly for more.
COMPASS is dedicated to helping scientists effectively share their knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making. They have a webpage full of tools to help bring your findings to light.
How can we help?
With input from the Citizen Monitoring Coordinators' Summit last Fall, MassBays compiled a "to do" list for ourselves, with the goal of helping you make the most of your own monitoring programs. We've already addressed some of the easier ones, like starting up this newsletter, setting up a listserv (to join, just send a blank message to this address), and posting a webpage

We have some options for activities over the next year, and we're looking for your input. Vote for your favorite below:
A QAPP-writing workshop
Communications training on sharing your results
Topic-specific calls or webinars
A joint data-hosting platform
With your responses in hand, we'll do our best to cross another item or two off our list.

Take advantage of Earth Day excitement

It's no coincidence that Citizen Science Day celebrations overlap with Earth Day! This year is the second annual celebration of citizens' contributions to science, with outreach support for those hosting local events and opportunities to spark new interest among volunteers:

Post your events on a national calendar for April 14-May 20 maintained by SciStarter 
(you’ll need to sign up for a SciStarter account to add your event).

The Stewardship Network: New England hosts a calendar to help volunteers find events. Submit a listing -it's free -- and they'll manage registration for you! (They also offer other resources, like training materials, primarily oriented toward field work.)

If you're looking for a ready-made way to engage your volunteers leading into Earth Day, the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge project will be underway from April 14th to 18th. The Boston area (from Salisbury to Sandwich within the 495 boundary) is competing with 16 other cities to find the highest number of species. Contact the Encyclopedia of Life for more information.

Survey: Why Water Quality Monitoring?

A researcher from Coastal Carolina University is seeking participants for an online questionnaire to support her study, "Water is Life: Regional Variation in Goals, Tactics, and Outcomes of Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs."

Jaime McCauley, Assistant Professor of Sociology, is interested in "hearing from folks who participate at any level, from the occasional volunteer to program leadership to scientific experts, government agencies, etc.." The survey includes 10 demographic questions, and about 15 open-ended questions regarding people's reasons for being involved in monitoring. Entering even a few key words in response to open ended questions will be helpful.
Jaime's findings should generate great insights into designing programs for robust volunteer engagement. For more information, contact Jaime directly.
The Coastal Citizen Monitoring Coordinators' Network is a project of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays), which in turn is a cooperative venture of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Charlie Baker, Governor; Karyn E. Polito, Lieutenant Governor
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs - Matthew A. Beaton, Secretary
Office of Coastal Zone Management - Bruce K. Carlisle, Director
Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program - Pam DiBona, Executive Director
Copyright © 2017 Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, All rights reserved.

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