Sep 26
Sep 26, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
In the Neighborhood
Eyes in the Field – Community-based Participatory Science to Help Conservation Research
Eyes in the Field – Community-based Participatory Science to Help Conservation Research
Earthwise Aware
Earthwise Aware
6:30 pm

The recent discovery of a marbled salamander larva by EwA volunteers in the Middlesex Fells illustrates the importance of participatory science to conservation research. In addition to collecting critical data, these science programs can foster a robust research community of scientists, field leaders, and local experts.

We invite you to attend EwA’s dynamic presentation and experience the power of conservation-action communities. Let us capture your attention and make you realize that you can help protect urban natural systems effectively.


In February 2023, the Middlesex Fells Reservation north of Boston reached an important milestone: the first recorded marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) larva since the species became locally extinct in the 20th century. Zoo New England has led a reintroduction program in the Middlesex Fells over the past several years– and this record, the first evidence since 1932 of a successfully reproductive adult– was submitted to MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP).

This observation occurred during an Earthwise Aware (EwA) participatory science event and involved community members of every stripe, from a first-time attendee to onsite field leaders, to experts in EwA’s network. The discovery is symbolic of the potential of participatory science in the Middlesex Fells and beyond. Only with the collaboration of naturalists, scientists, and trained volunteers can we create a body of data and knowledge up to the task of reckoning with the global biodiversity crisis.

In habitats of the Greater Boston Area, EwA’s data-driven participatory science programs have begun to tell a rich story of this area’s natural history and the effects of land use and climate change on these ecosystems. EwA’s democratic approach has created a connected community around collecting essential data and closing the ecological knowledge gap that typifies most modern societies.

Cambridge Public Library, Valente Branch
826 Cambridge St
Cambridge MA
6:30 pm

7:30 pm

Earthwise Aware (EwA) runs a nature conservation program that supports biodiversity and climate research while advancing the democratization of science.

EwA promotes a form of scientific contribution and experiential learning that is systems-based focusing on in situ species interactions. The program covers various habitats in the Greater Boston Area and fills essential data gaps, revealing a continuous natural history of these habitats.

Since 2018, EwA’s participatory scientists have collected more than 270,000 dedicated phenological observations and over 130,000 biodiversity records of a great variety of animal and plant species. The data is aggregated into open and global databases. To drive societal change, comprehensive annual reports tell a rich story of communities invested in understanding species diversity, their habitats, and the effects of land use and climate change.

The program empowers its participants and contributes critical information to local, national, and global projects. EwA’s model is successful because it deeply connects all involved by making nature science accessible while having a great community and scientific impact.

Find out more about Earthwise Aware.