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Geocaching Natural Features - Applying Game Mechanics to Citizen Science Data Collection


Imagine this: A family on vacation checks out their favorite geocaching website and decides to seek a cache on a trail in Glacier National Park. As they hike they learn that spring temperatures are increasing, grizzly bears eat huckleberries to fatten them for their winter nap, and warmer springs may mean fewer berries. At the cache, they answer a few questions about the huckleberry shrub to help scientists predict the huckleberry crop and get a clue to another cache. They learn that ‘ScienceCaches’ are also on the streams they fish in Pennsylvania and decide to regularly seek them out. In this day of shrinking science dollars and broad spatial questions, researchers rely more and more on the public to help with data collection. Development [...]


Principal Investigator :
Tabitha A Graves, John L Long
Cooperator/Partner :
Tim Kern, Jake Weltzin

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