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Citizen Science

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To join, volunteer, or to learn more about Citizen Science, contact Donna@cibolo.org

The Cibolo Center for Conservation provides crucial data on land, water and wildlife through its citizen science initiatives.

Our twenty-two years of collecting data have afforded us a place among respected conservation leaders in the field, with our research informing local, state, national, and international science. Our citizen science initiative engages community members in collaborations with professional scientists and conservation partners in order to carry out research. Community naturalists, with or without a scientific background, can help with data collection that will contribute to the projects of scientists across the globe.   

Our Citizen Science work is done in close partnership with The Cibolo Preserve, the neighboring 645-acre natural habitat and watershed area along the Cibolo Creek. We invite you to learn more about the Cibolo Preserve and their powerful mission.  

Our Citizen Science Initiatives  

Here at The Cibolo, Citizen Science is used to track environmental changes. Individuals from all walks of life get involved counting birds, butterflies, snakes, frogs, surveying vegetation, assessing water quality and many other endeavors. We use observations made by citizen scientists to monitor the wildlife community of the park and inform land management.  The data collected during these surveys is also made available to researchers through online databases that serve a worldwide audience. 

Some of the surveys require participants to attend a training workshop while others are learned in the field.  Once in the field, team leaders bring new citizen scientists up to speed, providing instruction and guidance of how to conduct surveys and record information throughout each survey. 

Since its inception, citizen science data has proved to be very valuable to human knowledge about wildlife and the environment.  Many wildlife populations are spread across entire continents and migrate over massive distances that are impossible for researchers to effectively survey. This is why ecologists and wildlife researchers have turned to citizen science as the only reliable source of information about these populations.  

Cibolo Monitoring Projects  

See the results of these citizen science projects in our Citizen Science page in our Resources.  

  • Bird Box Monitoring 
  • Incidental Bird Count 
  • Breeding Bird Point Count  
  • Winter Prairie Bird Survey 
  • Great Blue Heron and Great Egret Rookery Monitoring 
  • Water Fowl Survey 
  • Water Quality Monitoring  
  • Upper Cibolo Creek Watershed Monitoring 

Learn more about our Wildlife Field Research.