Date/Time: 20 August – 31 October
Organiser: Smriti Safaya, PhD student
A new citizen science initiative for secondary school-aged students in Hong Kong is open from now until the end October!
The mission includes:
(1) being a citizen science and observing different animal and plant species in a 'Biodiversity Challenge' using the free app called "seek by iNaturalist" and
(2) participating in a PhD study investigating the impact of citizen science experiences in nature on youth in Hong Kong.
The "SEEK NATURE HK" project involves youth using technology to support biodiversity monitoring and being a part of research that has never been done before in Hong Kong! All one needs to do is sign-up via the website and they will receive a confirmation message with the simple next steps.
Citizen science involves the public helping experts conduct real and meaningful research, and is relatively new in Hong Kong despite its growing popularity worldwide. This initiative is a fun way to get out in nature (even a nearby urban park!), observe and learn about Hong Kong's wildlife and contribute to a global biodiversity database that scientists and policymakers use for nature conservation.
Learn more and join via the SEEK NATURE HK website.
This initiative has been created by Hong Kong-raised Smriti Safaya, an experienced teacher who has started a PhD in Education, exploring the impacts of citizen science on secondary school students in Hong Kong. You can read more about her and her research here.