Citizen Science Volunteers

Biologist Erik Oberg looking down at a plastic container being used as a bug trap.
Biologist Erik Oberg removing a glycol insect trap from the ground.

Did you know that Yellowstone has a group of citizen scientists who help biologists collect and identify insects throughout the park? These volunteers accompany park staff specifically to collect Carabid beetles and record plan phenology, or changes in life cycles over time. They also help with sorting, mounting, and curating insects for the Phenology Project.

"By documenting baseline species diversity and abundance of apex predators like Carabids, we get a fine-scale tool for tracking changes in the environment. Beetles don't live as long as bears. This allows us to detect population changes more quickly." - Biologist Erik Oberg

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Last updated: September 24, 2020

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