Gathering perceptions to strengthen program planning: A citizen science project highlighting deer impacts on vegetation

Johanna Desprez, Matthew B. Russell, Andrea Lorek Strauss, Nathan J. Meyer

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Abstract

White-tailed deer can significantly influence the composition and health of forests. University of MinnesotaExtension implemented a citizen science project to help monitor the impact of deer populations on forests. Prior to design of the program, we administered a survey to potential volunteers to understand theirperceptions of and knowledge about deer and their willingness to participate in our citizen science project. Thesurvey responses helped us make informed decisions when developing our program, including decisionsregarding not having a negative deer message, teaching more information about the impact of deer onvegetation, and providing both in-person and web-based resources for volunteers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume58
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful to all the respondents who completed the survey and helped by contributing to future Extension programming. Our work was supported by University of Minnesota Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Renewable Resources Extension Act.

Publisher Copyright:
© by Extension Journal, Inc.

Copyright:
Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • Deer
  • Master naturalists
  • Needs assessment
  • Survey

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