Citizen Science Naturalist Program

March 10, 2018

The mission of the Citizen Science Naturalist program is to establish a team of well-trained volunteers to support biodiversity research at Mount Auburn, as well as in the community. The volunteers will receive training from a diverse group of local experts that will enable each volunteer to become a dependable research assistant and informal educator to the public.

The Naturalist training program will include seven sessions covering flora and fauna, as well as field note taking, nature photography, and nature drawing. These sessions will establish a foundation on which biodiversity study can be built. Additional learning opportunities will be provided throughout the year, including biodiversity walks and field experiments.

Volunteer photographs will be organized by a photography curator and shared with researchers and with the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) at Harvard University, whose mission is to document all life on earth.

Trainings will include PowerPoint presentations and walks on the cemetery grounds.

All volunteers are asked to provide their own:

All-weather field journal
Waterproof mechanical pencil
Measuring tape or ruler
10x lens
Digital camera, or phone with camera

All trainings will be held from 3pm – 5pm at Story Chapel (Mount Auburn Cemetery).

Training Schedule

• March 3, 2018 – Amphibians & Reptiles: Joe Martinez Ed D. Assistant Curator at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Brooks Mathewson M.F.S. Ecologist, author, photographer, and educator

• March 10, 2018 – Insects: Tom Murray, author, photographer, and naturalist. Amy Mertl PhD. Associate Professor of Biology at Lesley University. Maria Aliberti-Lubertazzi PhD. Lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design.

• March 17, 2018 – Birds: David Morimoto PhD. Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lesley University. Educator in Residence, year 2 of the Lesley University / Mount Auburn Cemetery collaboration.

• March 24, 2018 – Mammals: David Brown, educator, tracker and naturalist at the Friends of Alewife Reservation. Chris Richardson PhD. Senior Lecturer in Biology at Lesley University.

• March 31, 2018 – Flora: Jim Gorman M.S. Botanist, arborist, and instructor at the Boston Architectural College and Visitor Services staff member at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Michaela Schmull PhD. Director of Collections at the Harvard University Herbaria.

• April 14, 2018 – Field Notes & Nature Photography: Joe Martinez and Brooks Mathewson.

• April 21, 2018 – Nature Drawing: Clare Walker Leslie, artist, educator, author, and naturalist.

This program was created in conjunction with a two-year collaboration for biodiversity research, citizen science, and educational programming between Lesley University and Mount Auburn Cemetery – Mount Auburn Urban Ecosystem Project.

For more information, please contact Paul Kwiatkowski, Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager: 

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