Engaging participation of citizen scientist for long term ecological monitoring and scientific field plan in National Park and Yushan Nation Park
The national park is remarkable for its rich biological and natural resources, and the long-term ecological monitoring is an essential basis of the management of national parks. The national park is also an agency to deliver environmental knowledge and paradigm, so the functions of the national park should be integrated efficiently. This year (2020)—a “Super Year for Nature and Biodiversity”, a series of events is holding universally and one of the main targets is the mainstreaming of biodiversity, which could be a keypoint to retard biodiversity decline. From the viewpoint of the national park, the combination among long-term ecological issues and public participation is a good model to engage the mainstreaming of biodiversity. This project aims to let the publics and national park staffs to understand and discuss citizen science and ecological issues by hosting “The symposium of mainstreaming of biodiversity and citizen science research in national park of Taiwan” and “The community participation on long-term ecological monitoring in national park—a demonstration workshop in the Yushan National Park”. Meanwhile, we combined a practical course of ecological sampling and survey in the Department of Biological Resources, National Chiayi University to integrate and share various resources. This project is based on the planning and data of “A Study of Pre-project Planning for Ecological Monitoring and Bio-indicators in Yushan National Park” project, and used the results of the above workshop and ecological investigation in North-western region of the Yushan National Park to plan the feasible long-term ecological monitoring and biological indicator research. The implementation of the ecological monitoring items is mainly in execution of a commission by professional teams or training volunteers to execute. In general, this project established an online iNaturalist guide with common species within north-western regions in Yushan National Park. We created a citizen science promotion project entitled “Long-term ecological monitoring project in Yushan National Park” on iNaturalist, which can be used as a discussion platform for volunteers and investigators. Besides, we also registered the Yushan National Park Headquarters as an organization on GBIF for uploading and sharing biodiversity data. Finally, this project proposed a memory of understanding among national parks and universities to develop long-term partnership, which can strengthen the relationships between education and research in national parks, and incorporate the professional knowledge and management of national parks more efficiently.