Community science is a way for everyday people to get involved in science and help nationwide conservation efforts through data gathering.
In our community science programs, participants are trained to scientifically record their observations of the natural world, which are gathered and used by researchers and decision makers. In providing scientists with more information than they could gather themselves, these programs give individuals a way to make a real environmental difference in their community, and in the world.
If you’ve ever kept an eye on a favorite garden plant to see when it first blooms, then you’ve practiced basic phenology. Project Budburst volunteers select one or more plants in the Arboretum to monitor throughout the entire growing season, and record their observations for this nationwide phenology project. Read the full description for this volunteer position here.
Invasive Rubus project
Nonnative blackberries (Rubus in scientific nomenclature) are among the most problematic invasive species in Portland parks and natural areas. A rust fungus that affects some species may be helpful in controlling their spread, but first we need to determine how widespread those susceptible species are. Volunteers will be trained to identify the different blackberry species, and assigned to a research area convenient to their location to identify which species are present there. Read the full description for this volunteer position here.