Erin Udal leads community pollinator conservation projects out of Vancouver, BC and was formerly the Program Manager and Pollinator Specialist with the Environmental Youth Alliance. With her background in conservation biology, she designs bee-friendly gardens and develops citizen science projects, working to help people protect pollinators in our backyards and parks. Erin finds facilitating hands-on outdoor education very rewarding, and always pleased to share the fascinating and diverse world of native bees with anyone who cares to learn.
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“Using the scientific process is one of our greatest tools, and in order to get people back to that trust, we have to give them opportunities and tools to engage with it.“ – Erin Udal
- Why Erin’s first couple years of data collection didn’t go so well
- How Erin goes about preparing citizen scientists
- The reason that there isn’t better communication between scientists and the public
- The way that Erin hopes to move scientific literacy forward
- Why Eric uses the bottom-up approach to leadership
- The movement towards making science accessible to a broader audience
- How an artist can bring science a different narrative
- What Erin means by “Stewardship with a capital S”
“I think it was Carl Sagan that said, ’Science is not so much a body of information, but a way of thinking’, and so I want people to feel like they are part of that way of thinking.“ – Erin Udal
- Check out the book Erin was involved in producing, “Common Pollinators of British Columbia”
- Learn more about the Environmental Youth Alliance’s Pollinator Citizen Science Program
- Check out Erin’s favorite books, “The Bees In Your Backyard” and “Lab Girl”
- Connect with Erin Udal on Facebook and Twitter