Next-generation ultrasonic recorders facilitate effective bat activity and distribution monitoring by citizen scientists

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Lundberg , P , Meierhofer , M , Vasko , V V W , Suutari , M S , Ojala , A , Vainio , A & Lilley , T M 2021 , ' Next-generation ultrasonic recorders facilitate effective bat activity and distribution monitoring by citizen scientists ' , Ecosphere , vol. 12 , no. 12 , 03866 . https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3866

Title: Next-generation ultrasonic recorders facilitate effective bat activity and distribution monitoring by citizen scientists
Author: Lundberg, Piia; Meierhofer, Melissa; Vasko, Ville Veijo Wilhelm; Suutari, Miina Sofia; Ojala, Ann; Vainio, Annukka; Lilley, Thomas M.
Contributor organization: Finnish Museum of Natural History
Zoology
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Department of Forest Sciences
Faculty Common Matters
Forest Economics, Business and Society
Date: 2021-12-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Ecosphere
ISSN: 2150-8925
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3866
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/337674
Abstract: Time and budgetary resources are often a limiting factor in the collection of large-scale ecological data. If data collected by citizen scientists were comparable to data collected by researchers, it would allow for more efficient data collection over a broad geographic area. Here, we compare the quality of data on bat activity collected by citizens (high school students and teachers) and researchers. Both researchers and citizen scientists used the same comprehensive instructions when choosing study sites. We found no statistically significant difference in total bat activity minutes recorded by citizens and researchers. Instead, citizen scientists collected data from a wider variety of habitats than researchers. Involvement of citizens also increased the geographical coverage of data collection, resulting in the northernmost documentation of the Nathusius’s pipistrelle so far in Finland. Therefore, bat research can benefit from the use of citizen science when participants are given precise instructions and calibrated data collection equipment. Citizen science projects also have other far-reaching benefits, increasing, for example, the scientific literacy and interest in natural sciences of citizens. Involving citizens in science projects also has the potential to enhance their willingness to conserve nature.
Subject: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
acoustic monitoring
bats
citizen science
data collection
environmental change
environmental education
SCIENCE DATA
PIPISTRELLUS-NATHUSII
CLIMATE-CHANGE
RELIABILITY
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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