Welcome to the Citizen Science Corner, a new feature highlighting those who recently reached a milestone in our Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Each quarter, we'll feature our surveyors' achievements from the past several months.

Experience Level Advancements

REEF Experience Levels are a way for divers and snorkelers to measure their fish ID knowledge along with their surveying experience. With 5 levels in each of REEF's survey regions, divers are able to look forward to the next step and continually improve their skills. From brand new beginners up to the top Level 5 experience level, you'll find plenty of resources and friends to help you along the way.

Let's hear it for these REEF members who have improved their fish ID skills and moved up a level recently:

Peter Krottje - Hawaii, Level 2
Joe Mangiafico - California, Level 2
Travis Palmer - California, Level 2
Jenn Palmer - California, Level 2
Zack Polanco - California, Level 2
Tylen DuFloth - California, Level 2
Lara Webster - California, Level 2
Loralee Byrnes - California, Level 2
Natasha McCluhan - Tropical Western Atlantic, Level 2 (Summer 2020 Marine Conservation Intern)
Emily Wheat - Tropical Western Atlantic, Level 2 (Summer 2020 Marine Conservation Intern)
Stephanie Letourneau - Tropical Western Atlantic, Level 2 (Summer 2020 Marine Conservation Intern)
Joe Mangiafico - Tropical Western Atlantic, Level 2
Carmen Toanchina - Tropical Western Atlantic, Level 2 and 3

20 in 2020 Challenge Achievements

Conduct and submit 20 surveys this year to complete the 20 in 2020 Challenge. You can do your surveys in a single region or a combination or multiple regions. Surveyors who complete the challenge will receive a special decal and be entered into a drawing to win a prize at the end of the year. /p>

Surveyors who completed the 20 in 2020 Challenge during the second quarter of the year include:

Fred Hartner
Mimi Hayakawa
Kat Fenner
Robert Bentley
Pat Richardson
Kathie Comerford
Diana Gevers
Tammy Coble
Amy Lee
Deborah Cacace
Melanie Moreno
Mona & Gary Wirth
Ron Wolfe
Judith Cucco
Carmen Toanchina
Jill Hearne
Todd Cliff
Herb Gruenhagen
Marta Bonatz
Paul Bonatz
Angela Steinway

Congratulations to all who advanced an Experience Level or conquered the 20 in 2020 Challenge this quarter! Stay tuned for our next Citizen Science Corner which will feature July, August, and September achievements.