REEF to host panel discussion on “citizen science” in the Florida Keys

RELEASE DATE
03/04/2008
CONTACT
Leda Cunningham: 305.852.0030 (o), 202.494.1995 (c)

WHAT:

On Wednesday, March 12, REEF will host a community panel discussion
to raise awareness about how volunteers contribute to scientific understanding
of the environment. Rick Bonney of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York
will lead the discussion. Florida Keys-based citizen science experts will present
on local projects and ways for volunteers to get involved.

Topics include marine life surveying, exotic species removal
and a volunteer weather observation program. A reception with the speakers will
begin at 6:30, followed by presentations at 7 PM. This event is free and open
to the public. For more information on REEF, visit www.REEF.org.

WHO:

Leda Cunningham, REEF

Rick Bonney, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

Alison Higgins, The Nature Conservancy

Jonathan Rizzo, National Weather Service

Cory Walter, Mote Marine Laboratory

WHEN:

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

6:30-9:30 PM

WHERE:

Florida Keys
Eco-Discovery Center

33 East Quay
Rd.

Key West,
FL 33040

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