As we celebrate a significant milestone in Season Spotter, I find myself reflecting on how we got here. It has now been four and a half years since Andrew Richardson and I began thinking about how to more broadly engage the citizen science community in processing images from the PhenoCam Network. Andrew and his colleagues had images that needed processing – a lot of images. I had good familiarity with national and international citizen science programs. By combining our areas of knowledge and experience the seed for what would become Season Spotter was planted. And, of course, none of this would have been possible without funding from the National Science Foundation.
During this time of giving thanks, I would like to take a moment and thank the incredible team that has made Season Spotter possible, including those at Harvard, NEON, and the Zooniverse. I have been so fortunate to work with talented and hard-working ecologists, engineers, and educators, to name a few of the skills needed to produce Season Spotter.
Finally, I would like to thank all of you, the Season Spotter community. Thanks to your time and dedication, we are able to dig deeper into the images being collected. Never doubt that you are making a difference – and please know how much we appreciate you!