The Internet and Eco-Conscsiouness – 2 Great Tastes that are Great Together…

May 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

The Internet can be so organic at times.  We found these two awesome articles that then led us to many other sites (as they will lead you.)  This content is relevant because it shows how diverse Green initiatives can be and how the Internet increases their potency.

The first is about “Backyard Scientists” (not a new phenomenon, but much more empowered by the Internet’s social media capabilities).  These BYS’, or citizen scientists, are collecting data for personal interest and then sharing the data with financed scientists (ex: Research & Development, lab technicians, grant funded scientists) to help protect the environment in multiple ways.  We thought the bit about GPS-ing the location of a toad with details regarding what it was doing at the time was pretty awesome.

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The second is a peripheral article regarding a list of initiatives of citizen scientists.  We’d personally like to thank all the citizen scientists contributing to these sites – you’re the grass roots of a system that can increase the health of our ecosystems by informing the “lab scientists” of things they would never have known about.

If you don’t read those articles all the way, at least check out this awesome projects that wouldn’t be possible without backyard scientists and the Internet:

1.Encyclopedia of Life

2.Project BudBurst

3.Internet Bird Collection

4.http://www.projectsquirrel.org/

5.http://eol.org/

6.http://www.hort.cornell.edu/vlb/

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