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Citizen Science

The park district's Citizen Science program is one of the largest and most active in Northeast Ohio. Each year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the collection of biological data. Participation gives volunteers the opportunity to learn, gain a stronger appreciation for the natural world and give back to the parks they enjoy.

Wild4Ever Conservation Grant
Scientists from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History were awarded a small grant in 2012 offered through the Wild4Ever Conservation Foundation and Summit Metro Parks. The study focuses on the detection of agents that affect amphibians who use vernal pools for part of their life cycle. CMNH scientists are utilizing precipitation meters to detect heavy metals like aluminum and copper, known to cause harm to developing amphibians. The research team is also looking for chytrid fungus and rana virus, diseases that cause death in amphibians around the globe. Several species of amphibians are the target of their research including spotted and Jefferson salamanders and wood frogs.

Results from the 2011 Citizen Science surveys:
Amphibians | Bird Houses | Emerald Ash Borer
Invasives | Salamanders | Snakes | Streams

Results from the 2010 surveys:
Amphibians | Bats | Bird Houses
Salamanders | Snakes | Streams

Results from the 2008 surveys:
AmphibiansBio Blitz | Bird Houses
CoyotesCreel Survey | Insects
Owls | Salamanders | Snakes

Results from the 2007 surveys:
Amphibians | Bats | Bio Blitz | Bird Houses
Coyotes | Hawks | Insects | Owls
Salamanders | Snakes | Streams

Results from the 2006 surveys:
Amphibians | Bio Blitz | Bird Houses | Coyotes
Hawks | Owls | Snakes | Streams


Did You Know?

Familiar Laugh
Woody Woodpecker was modeled after our largest woodpecker, the pileated.

Slippery Sticks
Slippery elm trees are named for their inner bark, which is moist and slippery. American Indians used the bark to reduce swelling and take the venom out of a bite or sting. It is still used today to make throat lozenges.

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