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Free download ☆ Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World 102 ☆ In the exploding world of citizen science hundreds of thousands of volunteers are monitoring climate change tracking bird migration finding stardust forS a portrait not only of the tiger beetle she tracks but of the mindset behind self driven scientific inuiry Falling in love with the diversity of citizen science she participates in crowdsourcing programs that range from cataloguing galaxies to monitoring the phenology of native plants applauds the growing role of citizen science in environmental activism and marvels at the profusion of projects around the world Diary of a Citizen Scientist offers its readers a glimpse into the transformative properties of citizen science and documents the transformation of the field as a whol. I have to admit that I am still not that interested in the life cycle of tiger beetles but the writing and the inspiration to engage in citizen science projects made it than worthwhile

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In the exploding world of citizen science hundreds of thousands of volunteers are monitoring climate change tracking bird migration finding stardust for NASA and excavating mastodons The sheer number of citizen scientists combined with new technology has begun to shape how research is conducted Non professionals become acknowledged experts dentists turn into astronomers and accountants into botanists Diary of a Citizen Scientist is a timely exploration of this phenomenon told through the lens of nature writer Sharman Apt Russell’s yearlong study of a little known species the. I started keeping bird lists in 1947 and have been a bird watcher ever since; only recently have I become a Citizen Scientist That is because I send my bird feeder lists in the winter and seasonal observations the rest of the year to Michigan Audubon who add them to what other bird watchers have seen into compilations of data People used to make fun of me for my hobby; now it has become seriously useful Russell at age 57 is asked by a conservation biologist at Arizona State University to observe collect and breed Western Red Bellied Tiger beetles There are gaps in what is known about them which can only be filled with the help of “amateurs” willing to turn themselves into Citizen Scientists participants in every kind of project from crawling around in the mud looking for beetle burrows to compiling observations about stardust particles Russell provides links for many of these projects like FrogWatch and Galaxy Zoo In middle age she writes “We need to keep growing brain cells by challenging ourselves to get off the beaten neural pathway As one scientist said ‘Crack the cognitive egg and scramble it up’ Another researcher adds that adult learning should include a ‘disorienting dilemma’ or something that ‘helps you critically reflect on the assumptions you’ve acuired’” The book is a great read – detailed philosophical even funny“Certain aspects of beetle behavior make sense to me – something I would do if I were a beetle Might I not create an umbrella of leaves and feces and carry it over my head as a screen against predators like the larvae of the tortoise beetle” I like my nature writers to have a reflective side to ponder what they observe Russell is really good at this Of the western two tailed swallowtail butterfly she writes“This is my favorite butterfly I like its size I like its design I like how the males patrol canyons up and down looking for mates and carrion juices smelling with their feet seeing with simple eyes on their genitalia The mix up of senses is entertaining but really it’s that beauty passing by the lazy lift of large yellow wings and glide of grace through interstices of pine It makes my chest ache I feel a movement in my ribcage – a lifting a hollowing I feel a yearning whenever I see a Western two tailed tiger swallowtail that often shifts to happiness” There you go a great read the kind of book that makes you put it down and look closely at the world around you to pull up one of her links like SciStarter and become a Citizen Scientist yourself

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Diary of a Citizen Scientist Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the WorldWestern red bellied tiger beetle In a voice both humorous and lyrical Russell recounts her persistent and joyful tracking of an insect she calls “charismatic” “elegant” and “fierce” Patrolling the Gila River in southwestern New Mexico collector’s net in hand she negotiates the realities of climate change even as she celebrates the beauty of a still wild and rural landscapeRussell’s self awareness of her occasionally misplaced confidence her uest to fill in “that blank spot on the map of tiger beetles” and her desire to become newly engaged in her life create. Diary of a Citizen Scientist is about much than Russell's adventures in citizen science It's also about engagement with the natural world transformation making connections finding meaning and following your bliss In the book Sharman Apt Russell reminds us of what it means to live fully We all want to be part of something larger We want to be part of a family a community a cause We want to be part of something meaningful Studies show that long term happiness depends on this engagement” And then in her distinct voice lyrical playful tender and personal she takes the reader along as she finds new purpose in her life Almost immediately her engagement with the natural world becomes contagious Her zen like moments become your ownI think a book is labeled a classic when it explores the mysteries and challenges of existence in a way that speaks across generations I’m no expert but I can’t see how Russell’s book could become anything less than a classic a book to be read generation after generation At the very least this is a book I’ll return to when I need to feel centered My own personal classic