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Creating the Urban Farmer’s Almanac with Citizen Science Data

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School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
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Volunteer Experience, Adventure Scientists, Bozeman, MT 59771, USA
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National Coordinating Office, USA National Phenology Network, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
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Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship, Libraries, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
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Insects 2019, 10(9), 294; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects10090294
Received: 31 July 2019 / Revised: 30 August 2019 / Accepted: 4 September 2019 / Published: 11 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Small Farms and Gardens Pest Management)
Agriculture has long been a part of the urban landscape, from gardens to small scale farms. In recent decades, interest in producing food in cities has grown dramatically, with an estimated 30% of the global urban population engaged in some form of food production. Identifying and managing the insect biodiversity found on city farms is a complex task often requiring years of study and specialization, especially in urban landscapes which have a complicated tapestry of fragmentation, diversity, pollution, and introduced species. Supporting urban growers with relevant data informs insect management decision-making for both growers and their neighbors, yet this information can be difficult to come by. In this study, we introduced several web-based citizen science programs that can connect growers with useful data products and people to help with the who, what, where, and when of urban insects. Combining the power of citizen science volunteers with the efforts of urban farmers can result in a clearer picture of the diversity and ecosystem services in play, limited insecticide use, and enhanced non-chemical alternatives. Connecting urban farming practices with citizen science programs also demonstrates the ecosystem value of urban agriculture and engages more citizens with the topics of food production, security, and justice in their communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: eButterfly; iNaturalist; insect management; urban insect diversity; USA National Phenology Network; Nature’s Notebook eButterfly; iNaturalist; insect management; urban insect diversity; USA National Phenology Network; Nature’s Notebook
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Prudic, K.L.; Wilson, J.K.; Toshack, M.C.; Gerst, K.L.; Rosemartin, A.; Crimmins, T.M.; Oliver, J.C. Creating the Urban Farmer’s Almanac with Citizen Science Data. Insects 2019, 10, 294.

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