Citizen Science Matters: A Video

2018 – FOCA is pleased to release this short video about citizen science, and its importance for Ontario’s inland lakes.

Click below to watch the video, posted to FOCA’s YouTube Channel:

This video was filmed and produced by Chelsie Xavier-Blower as part of the Environmental Visual Communications program, a joint initiative of Fleming College and Royal Ontario Museum.

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image: asterix buttonLake Associations: please share this video with others! We encourage you to circulate the link to this FOCA webpage, or even embed the video on your own Association website. Here is a quick link to the YouTube posting  –

Video Transcript:

“So, today we’re out on Jack’s Lake, and we’re participating in the loon watch. It’s important that people understand and appreciate everything that the lake has to offer, from the water quality to the birds, and the fish in the lake.”

“Citizen science is a wonderful opportunity for people – not just in the lake community, but in the world that we live in – for people to gather information that they can bring together and help the scientists try to understand what’s happening in our world.”

“We participate in programs such as the Turtle Tally, fisheries studies, and we do invasive species sampling, we do butterfly surveys…”

“Citizen scientists can become a partner through the Lake Partner Program.”

“Everything from water quality monitoring, to doing things like BioBlitzes.”

“Agencies can sample for lakes, but they’re limited in what they can sample. And so, working with citizens they can get much more information about lakes. It’s the citizens who are living on the lakes. It’s the citizens who are really in touch with what’s going on locally.”

“All of these citizen science projects are really important to everyone, because we all live in this world; we’re all connected, and so on. And so, it’s not just the scientific community who needs to have the information from these citizen science events, but we all need to know what’s going on in our world, because we all have an opportunity to contribute to making it a better place. And if we don’t know what’s going on, we don’t have any idea of the kinds of things that we could do to improve where we live.”

Michelle LewinCitizen Science Matters: A Video