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New York Horseshoe Monitoring Network

New York Horseshoe Monitoring Network
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By participating in the educational aspects of the New York Horseshoe Monitoring Network citizen scientists will help researchers at Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation collect data and to acquire biological information on horseshoe crabs in New York’s Marine District. This data will be used by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to assess the status of horseshoe crabs in New York’s Marine District, and to assist with the regional management and conservation of this species through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Participants in this educational survey will be help collect data on horseshoe crab spawning abundance, size, sex and tag returns around full and new moon evenings from May to July. Trained site coordinators will be present to educate and teach citizen scientists about the survey, however, it is important that citizen scientists take the time to follow instructions and contact the site coordinator before showing up to the survey.  By doing so, participants will be better prepared and help make the survey run efficiently and learn about the stewardship of horseshoe crabs.

Project Details

  • PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Matthew Sclafani/John Maniscalo
  • SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: Cornell University Cooperative Extension/New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • DATES: Ongoing
  • LOCATION: New York -
  • PROJECT TYPE: Fieldwork
  • COST: Free
  • GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
  • HOW TO JOIN:

    First, complete a Participant Waiver and Code of Conduct form, and submit to the site coordinator before the survey. If you are participating through another organization, please be sure to fill out their forms as well. The site coordinators can assist you with this if needed. Additional rules can be found on the project Web site.

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Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project was SETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. And they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt. We'll add projects regularly—and please tell us about others you like as well.

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