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Advancing Amphibian Conservation through Citizen Science in Urban Municipalities

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Miistakis Institute, Mount Royal University, Rm U271 Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB T3E 6K6, Canada
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Calgary Zoo Foundation, 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6, Canada
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A/Vian Ecological Consulting Inc., 619 29 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 2M8, Canada
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Urban Conservation Department, City of Calgary, P.O. Box 2100, Station M, #54, Calgary, AB T2P 2M5, Canada
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Alberta Conservation Association, 101, 9 Chippewa Road, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 6J7, Canada
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Academic Editors: John A. Cigliano, Tina Phillips, Elizabeth R. Ellwood, Amanda E. Sorensen and Monica Awasthy
Diversity 2021, 13(5), 211; https://doi.org/10.3390/d13050211
Received: 12 April 2021 / Revised: 8 May 2021 / Accepted: 11 May 2021 / Published: 15 May 2021
As cities adopt mandates to protect, maintain and restore urban biodiversity, the need for urban ecology studies grows. Species-specific information on the effects of urbanization is often a limiting factor in designing and implementing effective biodiversity strategies. In suburban and exurban areas, amphibians play an important social-ecological role between people and their environment and contribute to ecosystem health. Amphibians are vulnerable to threats and imbalances in the aquatic and terrestrial environment due to a biphasic lifestyle, making them excellent indicators of local environmental health. We developed a citizen science program to systematically monitor amphibians in a large city in Alberta, Canada, where 90% of pre-settlement wetlands have been removed and human activities continue to degrade, alter, and/or fragment remaining amphibian habitats. We demonstrate successes and challenges of using publicly collected data in biodiversity monitoring. Through amphibian monitoring, we show how a citizen science program improved ecological knowledge, engaged the public in urban biodiversity monitoring and improved urban design and planning for biodiversity. We outline lessons learned to inform citizen science program design, including the importance of early engagement of decision makers, quality control assessment, assessing tensions in program design for data and public engagement goals, and incorporating conservation messaging into programming. View Full-Text
Keywords: citizen science; urban ecology; biodiversity; amphibian; conservation planning; urbanization citizen science; urban ecology; biodiversity; amphibian; conservation planning; urbanization
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Lee, T.S.; Kahal, N.L.; Kinas, H.L.; Randall, L.A.; Baker, T.M.; Carney, V.A.; Kendell, K.; Sanderson, K.; Duke, D. Advancing Amphibian Conservation through Citizen Science in Urban Municipalities. Diversity 2021, 13, 211. https://doi.org/10.3390/d13050211

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Lee TS, Kahal NL, Kinas HL, Randall LA, Baker TM, Carney VA, Kendell K, Sanderson K, Duke D. Advancing Amphibian Conservation through Citizen Science in Urban Municipalities. Diversity. 2021; 13(5):211. https://doi.org/10.3390/d13050211

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Lee, Tracy S., Nicole L. Kahal, Holly L. Kinas, Lea A. Randall, Tyne M. Baker, Vanessa A. Carney, Kris Kendell, Ken Sanderson, and Danah Duke. 2021. "Advancing Amphibian Conservation through Citizen Science in Urban Municipalities" Diversity 13, no. 5: 211. https://doi.org/10.3390/d13050211

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