Whether you find yourself asking questions about the environmental anomalies or answering them, The Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network could use your input.The first Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network hub located within a tribe is now open at the Northwest Indian College (NWIC) in Lummi.
Observers, anyone that signs up on LEOnetwork.org, can add photos along with general observations to the database, and pin those to their nearest hub–before the NWIC hub, the closest hub was in Alaska. This will allow locals to document phenomenon, abnormalities, or everyday occurrences and increase knowledge for this region to be used by the public.
The on-site coordinator, Sonni Tadlock, NWIC BSNES graduate, will then seek expertise from locals for more information. This hub is the first to be on a tribal college campus, and offers the unique opportunity for diverse expert consultation that ranges from those in the STEM field to tribal members with indigenous knowledge. This coordination results in a seamless collective of data that can be added to the existing narrative about climate change, and will result in a credible data from which policymakers can implement in their efforts to advocate for things such as environmental health.
The LEO hub is under Native Environmental Science (BSNES) program at Northwest Indian College and will be working closely with students and instructors.
To get started and make an observation or give feedback, please download the LEO Reporter on the app store or sign in on your browser https://leonetwork.org/en/signin
About the on-site coordinator: Sonni is a recent graduate from NWIC, she concentrated her degree on Indigenous Food Systems of the Salish Sea. Her research was conducted in the southern gulf islands of British Columbia, researching clam garden rock walls and the traditional marine foods associated with them. She now serves as the Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network Hub Program Coordinator. LEO Network is a citizen science network engaging local, indigenous and scientific knowledge holders, creating a narrative about the changing climate and how that is affecting local communities.