Marine Debris Citizen Science EcoAction Day
THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY. PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT MONTHLY CITIZEN SCIENCE ECOACTION DAY, OCCURRING ON SAT, OCT 9TH 9:30-12:30.
Join Miami EcoAdventures & local non-profit Debris Free Oceans for our Citizen Scientist Project Activity, hosted every 2nd Saturday of the month at Crandon Park! Citizen Science is a way for the general public to be directly involved in the process of scientific data collection and to be engaged in scientific thinking. The goal of this activity is to have volunteers become amateur scientists while working with a group of professional scientists to collect critical data on marine debris in our local environment. Each participant in a ‘project day’ will join scientists in removing marine debris from the shoreline at Crandon Park, then sorting collected trash and recording meaningful data to contribute to Miami EcoAdventures’ marine debris database, which helps to quantify the issue locally. The project seeks to answer questions, such as to what extent the problem exists locally; how it is changing over time; what types of debris are most common on our shorelines; and how it is getting there. Data from the MDCSP can help to answer these questions and can be used to guide marine debris-focused policy development, education and outreach, and address important research questions.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Removing marine debris from the shoreline
- Gathering and recording data
Qualifications: Volunteers under 13 must participate with a parent/guardian present. Please bring a refillable water bottle, closed-toed shoes, and protection from the sun (sunscreen, hats, sunglasses).
Commitment Expected: Please arrive at your scheduled start time and practice social distancing. This program runs for a total of 3 hours. Community service hours will be provided at the end of the event.