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September 3, 2019

What is a Citizen Scientist?

A Citizen Scientist is an amateur scientist who helps increase the public’s understanding of science.

With funding from The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Allegheny County Parks Foundation will offer three free programs in South Park and Boyce Park this summer! Join staff from the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania to learn about fireflies, monarch butterflies and bumble bees and how recent ecological improvements in South and Boyce Parks can help increase their presence. Become a citizen scientist! To register: Email info@acparksfoundation or call 724-327-7627.

South Park

Firefly Watch

July 10     7:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: Ice Rink

Firefly Watch combines an annual summer evening ritual with scientific research. Are firefly populations growing or shrinking and what could lead to changes in their populations? With your help, we hope to learn about the geographic distribution of fireflies and what environmental factors impact their abundance.

Monarch Butterfly Watch

August 13     7:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: Ice Rink

 Our mission is to better understand the distribution and abundance of breeding monarchs and to use that knowledge to inform and inspire monarch conservation.

Bumble Bee Watch

September 10    6:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: Ice Rink

Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. Learn about bumble bees, their ecology, and ongoing conservation efforts. Help researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees and locate rare or endangered populations of bumble bees.

Boyce Park

Firefly Watch 

July 16   7:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Patrol Shelter

Monarch Watch

August 15    7:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: Patrol Shelter

Bee Watch

September 11   6:00 - 7:00  pm

Location: Patrol Shelter

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