Saturday, November 19, 2011

Tiffany Beachy Citizen Scientist Coordinator

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Located approximately 130 miles from Chattanooga in the historic Walker Valley section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just outside of Townsend, Tenn.
“Our citizen science projects allow volunteers and students to become scientists for a day,” says TIFFANY BEACHY, citizen scientist coordinator at Tremont. “Many people feel like science is unapproachable, but these programs make it more tangible and help them feel like they are taking part in something bigger than themselves.”
Beachy says Monarch butterfly tagging, birding banding, and pond breeding amphibian monitoring programs are most conducive for groups. The terrestrial and aquatic salamander monitoring programs are reserved for school groups in order to prevent too much disturbance to ecosystems. Click for article by Jenni Frankenberg Veal Published Friday, November 18, 2011, Photo credit: Amy Wilson.