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New stations encourage citizen science

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Nov 11, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Mounted brackets help visitors properly position their smartphones, ensuring that photos added to the time lapse are consistently aligned.

Recently, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge installed three Chronolog stations at the Wildlife Education Boardwalk, Mangrove Overlook and Tarpon Bay Explorers. The Chronolog citizen science project consists of photo stations where visitors can capture and email photos taken from specific sites to create long-term, time-lapse records of the ecosystem. Funded by the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, it has proven to be a great way to engage with the community while also gathering data on natural areas.