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Citizen Science

Citizen Scientist

A citizen science intern surveys for mountain goats in Glacier National Park.


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.

For "citizen scientists," the rewards are a sense of stewardship and a greater awareness and understanding of the park's resource issues. For the park, it provides a wealth of data which can be used to increase understanding of our natural resources, offering an opportunity to get much-needed baseline information about key plant and animal species.

The CCRLC is currently facilitating three Citizen Science programs, made possible through the generous support of the Glacier National Park Conservancy:

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.

More information regarding the CCRLC Citizen Science programs can be found in our newsletters, available on the Research Publications and Media page.

If you are interested in becoming a citizen scientist at Glacier National Park, please contact the CCRLC.

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