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PNSIS Editorial explores role of Citizen Science

In an editorial for the current issue of the Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science (PNSIS), Editors Peter Wells and David Richardson comment on cutbacks in federally funded environmental monitoring programs and highlight “the pivotal role of citizen science, particularly when it is directed at monitoring the various natural environments in Canada and in our region. Such activity by non-government organizations (NGOs) is no longer just a valued supplement to government sponsored programs; in many cases, it has replaced them. However, this situation raises some questions, to be pondered by members of NSIS and the broad environmental community….” The Halifax Field Naturalists are cited as one of the organizations in Nova Scotia pursuing and promoting citizen science and keeping records and are complimented on their 40th anniversary. Read Editorial (posted with permission of NSIS).