A citizen scientist is an individual who voluntarily contributes his or her time, effort, and resources toward scientific research in collaboration with professional scientists or alone. These individuals don’t necessarily have a formal science background and collect and analysis data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.
There are a number of ways that you can help assist the Researchers in H.I.P and other KZN parks. Here are the following ways in which you can help:
You can join the whatsapp group Kznsightings, run by Hilltop Honorary Officers – www.kznsightings.co.za for more info or see our blog
You can become a member of C.H.I.P.S (Citizen Hluluwe imfolozi park scientist ) – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
The idea behind these projects is that anyone anywhere can participate in meaningful scientific research.
Citizen Science is much more than just science. Getting involved is fun, helps develop skills and connection with others. It improves health and wellbeing and helps us all feel more connected to the environment around us. we believe working this way has a number of advantages, a few of which are listed below.
Larger volumes of data from different varieties of times and locations
Cover larger areas
More data the more researchers can learn
It’s one of the most useful ways you can help the environment and expand our scientific knowledge
Bring people of different ages together
Work together around a central activity, locally focussed projects
Develop and share local skills and knowledge
Work together to tackle environmental or social justice issues
Gather knowledge about the environment to inform community based environmental projects
Gather knowledge about the environment to support scientific research and environmental management decisions