The lay community can play a fundamental role in preventing, managing, and helping scientists learn more about biological invasions. These “community scientists” can greatly influence our understanding of invasive crayfishes by reporting new invasions or by documenting the spread of existing populations. Community scientists can also play a central role in disseminating information relating to invasive crayfishes to members of the public that are not often easily reached by professional scientists.
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant will be training community scientists to monitor crayfish at state and national science teacher conferences. Information and tools used at these conferences will be posted when available.
Others are already using community scientists to help monitor crayfish: