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Orillia Naturalists' Club will meet Wednesday to discuss advances in citizen science
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Mike Burrell will be the guest speaker at the Orillia Naturalists’ Club meeting March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orillia Museum of Art and History. He will be talking about using technology for citizen science. Supplied photo

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ORILLIA NATURALISTS’ CLUB
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The next meeting of the Orillia Naturalists’ Club will be Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Orillia Museum of Art and History, on Peter Street.

The guest speaker will be Mike Burrell whose topic will be: Using technology for Citizen Science. As a real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Similar to eBird, iNaturalist is the tool for non-bird sightings and Burrell is an avid user of both.

Citizen science has been around for over a hundred years, but recent technological advances have brought the collection of georeferenced data literally to the fingertips of amateur naturalists. Burrell will go through the two popular citizen science platforms – iNaturalist and eBird – and explain how you can leverage them to make your sightings count. We’ll also explore how Ontario’s conservation data centre, the Natural Heritage Information Centre, is taking advantage of these new tools and data sources.

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