Since 2005 the Glacier National Park Citizen Science Program has utilized trained park visitors, staff and volunteers to collect scientific information that would otherwise be unavailable to resource managers and researchers due to lack of personnel or funding. The program is coordinated by the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center (CCRLC) based at Glacier.
The CCRLC is currently facilitating three Citizen Science programs, made possible through the generous support of the Glacier National Park Fund:
Common Loons - Field surveys are conducted by citizen scientists at 45 high priority lakes in Glacier National Park to document presence of common loons and observations of breeding and nesting behaviors.
High Country - Citizen scientists participate in back-country surveys to collect data on the number and distribution of two species of concern in the high country of Glacier National Park: mountain goats and pikas.
Invasive Plants - Hikers document the presence or absence of five noxious weeds along 700+ miles of Glacier's hiking trails to determine the distribution and extent of invasive plants invading the park.
For more information on these programs, please click here.
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