“That’s the nature of scientific work,” writes Catie Mong. “It can be filled with exhilarating days of field work followed by weeks of unglamorous data processing. But I wouldn’t trade a second of it.”
Long before the solar eclipse crowds, national parks were drowning in people; this year’s steelhead returns in the Columbia and Snake River systems have been decimated; conservation comes to the Colorado River; Denver pushes for more electric vehicles; and Tesla is using a Hawaiian island to test how well batteries and renewables work together.
“Now more than just a hobby,” writes Miranda Vogt, “Ebird’s users have turned birdwatching into a citizen science goldmine – the gold being data that places like the San Francisco Estuary institute use to understand our environment and how we might help it.”