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Listening Drill 第17回

Reading Drill No.17

 When volunteers participate as assistants in activities like these, they are engaging in citizen science, a valuable research technique that invites the public to assist in gathering information.  Some of them are science teachers or students, but most are simply amateurs who enjoy spending time in nature.  They also take pride in aiding scientists and indirectly helping to protect the environment.  The movement they are involved in is not a new one.  In fact, its roots go back over a hundred years.  One of the earliest projects of this type is the Christmas Bird Count, started by the National Audubon Society in 1900.  However, citizen science projects are burgeoning more than ever:  over 60 of them were mentioned at a meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

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