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Citizen Scientists, Unite!

Toby Talbot
Alison Wagner records the bird count in Fayston, as she takes part in The National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count in 2008. The annual event is one of the longest-running citizen science data collection projects in the country.

When scientists need massive volumes of data or they need data collected over a huge geographic range, they often turn to well-trained citizen scientists for help. From counting the populations of species, to monitoring water quality, citizen scientists are contributing to research and learning about science in the process. We dive into some of the research projects in Vermont that are boosted by citizen-gathered data. Our guest is Larry Clarfeld, an environmental educator at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.

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The Vermont Center for Ecostudies is a powerhouse in Vermont citizen science projects. Listen here to our interview with VCE about their project, Atlas of Vermont Life.

Also in the program, a new multimedia exhibit at the Vermont Folklife Center explores the world of wrestling, and the Vermont men and women who aspire to join the ranks of costumed professional wrestlers. Photojournalist Emily McManamy tours us through her exhibit, Hitting the Mat.

Broadcast live on Wed., July 30 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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