Presentation Title

Community Science in the Johnson Creek Watershed

Presenter(s) Information

Alexis BartonFollow

Start Date

February 2018

End Date

February 2018

Abstract

Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s Community Science program has expanded significantly in the past two years. Salmon Surveys have been occurring since 2011, with all other programs are new as of 2016. This poster will summarize results from 2016 Salmon Surveys, and 2017 Eco-Blitzes, Lamprey/Steelhead, Beaver, and Dragonfly Surveys. It will bring together key elements from each program such as numbers of sites and surveyors, with the map showing the sites for each survey Not only is Community Science an engaging way for community members to volunteer their time, the projects are collecting valuable data that is shaping our understanding of wildlife in the watershed. While Eco-Blitzes are collecting data on stream fauna overall, dragonfly populations are indicative of wetland habitat quality, beaver surveys are telling us about how beaver behave in an urban environment, and salmon, lamprey and steelhead surveys are characterizing the presence of significant fish populations in Johnson Creek. As a small nonprofit with a large volunteer base that is growing through Community Science, Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s Community Science programs can serve as a model for future surveys in the area. Working with scientific advisors – ODFW, Metro, and independent experts – and with the in-the-field efforts of trained community members, JCWC has been gathering interesting and exciting data throughout the watershed.

Subjects

Wildlife biology, Habitat assessment, Animal ecology

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Community Science in the Johnson Creek Watershed

Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s Community Science program has expanded significantly in the past two years. Salmon Surveys have been occurring since 2011, with all other programs are new as of 2016. This poster will summarize results from 2016 Salmon Surveys, and 2017 Eco-Blitzes, Lamprey/Steelhead, Beaver, and Dragonfly Surveys. It will bring together key elements from each program such as numbers of sites and surveyors, with the map showing the sites for each survey Not only is Community Science an engaging way for community members to volunteer their time, the projects are collecting valuable data that is shaping our understanding of wildlife in the watershed. While Eco-Blitzes are collecting data on stream fauna overall, dragonfly populations are indicative of wetland habitat quality, beaver surveys are telling us about how beaver behave in an urban environment, and salmon, lamprey and steelhead surveys are characterizing the presence of significant fish populations in Johnson Creek. As a small nonprofit with a large volunteer base that is growing through Community Science, Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s Community Science programs can serve as a model for future surveys in the area. Working with scientific advisors – ODFW, Metro, and independent experts – and with the in-the-field efforts of trained community members, JCWC has been gathering interesting and exciting data throughout the watershed.