This weekend, the good folks at the Citizen Science Community Forum (which has grown out of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s citizen science programs) is holding the 2012 Conference on Public Participation in Scientific Research (#PPSR2012 on twitter) in Portland, Oregon, as a prelude to the Ecological Society of America’s 97th Annual Meeting (#ESA2012). It feels a bit odd for me to be writing about both of these meetings from half a world away, but as it happens I will be present in more than just spirit at both these meetings! For I am a co-author on several presentations, and even helped organize a symposium. Seems foolish to not be there in person after all this, but such is life.
Here’s the abstract of the first item my name is on: a poster Kaberi will present today at the PPSR conference in Poster Session 3 (1:00-2:30PM if you happen to be there and want to see it):
METERING OF WATER IN A DESERT CITY: CHANGING LAWNS TO WATERWISE LANDSCAPE WITH CITIZEN SCIENTISTS (PS 3)
waterwise landscape, citizen science, urban habitat, Fresno, water
Kaberi Kar Gupta, Fresno Audubon Society, California State University-Fresno
Steven Jones, Fresno Audubon Society, California State University-Fresno
Madhusudan Katti, Fresno Audubon Society, California State University-Fresno
Fresno has been facing challenges in water conservation. Between the coupled effects of industrial agriculture and home yard maintenance, extraordinary demands have been placed on the region’s water resources. While water scarcity is a complex issue facing the entire California, Fresno city did not have residential water meters until mid 2012. Of the total residential water 70% is used for irrigating yard. This study is a collaborative, volunteer-driven, residential landscape project in Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan area (FCMA). The Main focuses of this project are to understand the perception of homeowners and the effect of residential water use on urban biodiversity.
Specific goals are to understand the needs of people; increase the native vegetations; reduce non-native grass and monitor the plants, birds and arthropod diversities in residential yards. Focus groups with homeowners and mapping of yards are currently ongoing. Bird, arthropod and plant surveys in existing grass and non-grass yards will be measured. This project will build a dynamic and active coalition of local government, homeowners, community organizations, educational institutions, and environmental groups helping to create a sustainable environment. This program will help homeowners install water-conserving plants in their yards, providing enhanced biodiversity and new habitat for birds and insects.
In case you are not able to see the poster live during the session, you can also view it in PDF form on Scribd. If you do see it live in Portland, and happen to drop by here afterwards, please give me a shoutout in the comments below!
More on my ESA presentations over the next few days.