Citizen Science Projects

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Conservation Northwest

Cathy Gaylord, Bruce Williams, & Gro Buer – 20+ & 100+ Volunteer hours (Class of Spring 2013)

  • As a team of citizen scientist volunteers at several locations in the Wenatchee Mountains,  constructed and maintained food lures equipped with motion-detecting cameras to gather photographs of visiting wildlife, with a focus on determining wolverine population levels, 2012-2014.

Cathy Gaylord, Bruce Williams, & Gro Buer

Kathy Gaylord, citizen scientist for Conservation NW

Kathy Gaylord, citizen scientist for Conservation NW

Gro Buer and Bruce Williams

Gro Buer and Bruce Williams


Cornell Lab of Ornithology Citizen Science eBird Program

Vicki Cibicki – 20+ & 100+ volunteer hours (class of Spring 2012).

  • volunteer field bird observer, recording detailed field notes  and entering these into the eBird database, allowing scientists to capture accurate and timely information about bird abundance, movement, and reproduction.
Vicki Cibicki

Vicki Cibicki


Upper Basin Birders- U.S. Forest Service Citizen Science Project

A large number of Wenatchee Naturalists serve as volunteers for this upper Wenatchee River Watershed year-round bird survey project, lead by project coordinator, Heather A. Wallis Murphy (retired wildlife biologist, U.S. Forest Service) including:  Heather Murphy (course instructor) Jenny Graevell (Class of Spring 2012), Richard Scranton (Class of Spring 2013), Jane Zanol (Class of Spring 2013), John Zanol (Class of Fall 2013), Cindy Simmons (Class of Spring 2014), Terry Leverenz (Class of Fall 2014), & Susan Ballinger (program lead). 

Upper Basin Birder Citizen Science volunteers conducting a monthly bird survey at Fish Lake.

Upper Basin Birder Citizen Science volunteers conducting a monthly bird survey at Fish Lake.

Terry Leverenz serves as the volunteer pontoon boat driver for Upper Basin Birds at Fish Lake

Terry Leverenz serves as the volunteer pontoon boat driver for Upper Basin Birds at Fish Lake


Marilyn Sherling- 20+ & 100+ volunteer hours (Class of Fall 2013)

  • Database editing and technical problem-solving assisting the U.S. Forest Service converting 12-years of monthly bird observations from spreadsheet format into digital format for Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This Citizen Science program, Upper Basin Birders, now has 1600 bird lists entered into eBird.
Marilyn Sherling

Marilyn Sherling


Sagebrush Songbird Survey-  WA Audubon and WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife  5-year citizen science project

A large number of Wenatchee Naturalists serve as volunteers, organized by the North Central WA Audubon Society including:  Vicki Cibicki & Jenny Graevell (Class of Spring 2012),  Penny Tobiska, Richard Scanton, & Jane Zanol (Class of Spring 2013), Marilyn Sherling (Class of Fall 2013),  Cindy Luksus, Sandra Phenning, & Bill Deters (Class of Fall 2914), David Hillestad (Class of Fall 2015), and Susan Ballinger (program lead).  

A group of citizen science volunteers learning the protocol used for the Sagebrush Songbird Survey

A group of citizen science volunteers learning the protocol used for the Sagebrush Songbird Survey


Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks Montana Wildlife Center

Rebecca Frank- 20+ & 100+ volunteer hours (Class of Spring 2012)  

  •  Volunteer at Helena Montana wildlife rehabilitation center during February, 2014.
    Duties included assisting with the maintenance of the education birds, cleaning their individual enclosures (indoor and outdoor “housing”), feeding (feeder mice, house sparrows, European starlings, trout), and taking the birds for daily “walks. 2014”
Rebecca Frank

Rebecca Frank

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