Each week, we feature a worthy citizen science project or nature news segment from around the nation. This week’s is Steller Watch.
The endangered Steller sea lion is in decline and scientists aren’t sure why. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have set up remote cameras in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands in order to capture the daily activities and sightings of these cute creatures. According to NOAA, this is where “94 percent of the Steller sea lion population has vanished in the last 30 years, with no clear answers why.”
Image analysis by citizen scientists help biologists learn more about the sea lion’s decline as well as ways to save them. Check out their website to learn more about how to get involved.