Executive Director’s Message
I recently attended the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organization’s (CCVO) Connections 2013 meeting and was fortunate to see Dan Pallotta’s keynote address. Dan delivered a powerful and inspiring talk that challenges people to change the way we think about changing the world – specifically about changing how we think about non-profits. Prior to his presentation at the CCVO conference, Dan delivered a similar presentation as part of the TED talk series. To date, this talk has received over 1.7 million views which is encouraging as what Dan has to say has people talking.
Research Theme Area Profile
A Focus on Citizen Science
Citizen engagement in science is not a new concept; Charles Darwin himself was aboard the Beagle as companion to the Captain. In effect one of the greatest scientific minds contributing to our understanding of the natural world was a citizen scientist. Certain fields have a continued history of engaging and being informed by citizen experts, such as astronomy and natural history. However, in recent years there has been a renewed interest in citizen engagement and today there is a proliferation of research projects with a component involving citizens aimed at addressing a diversity of environmental challenges such as climate change, road ecology, invasive species, water quality, human use and wildlife monitoring.
According to the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University, citizen science is defined as “the engagement of volunteers and professionals in collaborative research to generate new science-based knowledge.” This field is sometimes called public participation in scientific research (PPSR) as a term to encompass community based monitoring, participatory action research, participatory science and citizen science. Regardless of the term used it is an expanding approach to research and one that has particular relevance to conservation.
Danah Duke, Executive Director
My love of western skies, alpine flowers, prairie grasslands and mountains didn’t start until I packed up my car 19 years ago and left Ontario for what I thought was to be a short fun-filled summer in Banff. While I did have a fun-filled summer in Banff, I also embarked on a journey that continues today.