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Forest Preserves of Cook County seeking citizen scientists

February 3rd, 2016

FPCC logoForest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) is seeking volunteers for several programs it runs to monitor plants or animal species of these natural reserves.

These ‘citizen scientists’ help collect data for the following programs:

FPCC uses this data to make decisions regarding new construction and development projects; focus management and restoration; and track whether things are expanding or declining for a plant or animal species.

“Monitoring over longer periods can give us an idea of whether the habitat is facing a downward trend, indicating more restoration or management work needs to be done, or show us positive results,” said Chip O’Leary, deputy director of resource management.

There are several upcoming volunteer training programs.  For more information on the different monitor programs and volunteer requirements, visit FPCC’s Volunteer Opportunities page.

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