Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Extinction before Identification?

From this week in Conservation Science by Conservation Magazine:

"Dour predictions that extinctions will outpace efforts to name Earth’s species are unfounded, scientists argue. With the help of amateurs and online tools, they say, researchers could catalogue most of the planet’s flora and fauna within a century." Read more here.

For more on how to get involved with online scientific opportunities for amateurs, here is a list from the most recent Audubon magazine:

Seafloor Explorer: mark bottom-dwelling creatures on the seafloor
Cyclone Center: help classify 30 years of cyclone images
Whale Fm: help identify whale songs
Old Weather: transcribe weather records from mid-19th century ship logs

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