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Our turtle program shows citizen science isn't just great for data, it makes science feel personal

By Claudia Santori, PhD candidate, University of Sydney
Ricky Spencer, Associate Professor of Ecology, Western Sydney University
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Citizen science is ripe with benefits. Programs can involve hundreds, sometimes thousands, of volunteers who collect reliable, long-term and geographically widespread data. These people donate their time for a cause (or just for fun).

For biodiversity conservation, these kinds of data are invaluable to enable important large-scale projects, from assessing wildlife recovery after bushfires to shedding light on how warming oceans


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