Help PhD student Allison Miller in her research on kanakana through two Citizen Science Projects she is running! Do you, or others you know, spend time near rivers or streams? If yes, there are two citizen science projects you might be able to contribute to! Citizen science projects are activities sponsored by a wide variety of organizations so non-scientists can meaningfully contribute to scientific research. In Allison's case, sightings of kanakana around the country are valuable pieces of information!
Lamps_for_champs is a site for collecting vital Southern Hemisphere kanakana distribution data. Where are kanakana found in the Southern Hemisphere? iNaturalist Lamps_for_champs citizen scientists are asked to "Add an Observation" about a kanakana they find in the wild to help answer this question.
Allongside this project, FISHYbites is another citizens science project for collecting much-needed information about the health and feeding preferences of Southern Hemisphere fishes. Have you see something FISHY in your backyard stream? For example, an odd bite mark on a fish, or red markings on a kanakana? This could be a lamprey bite or Lamprey Reddening Syndrome. FISHYbites citizen scientists are asked to keep a look out for these marks on fishes and lampreys and to "log the bite" if they see them.
Information on these projects will be used by natural resource managers to improve their management strategies and better protect the species. This protection is particularly important now, since kanakana numbers are decreasing due to habit alteration, disease, and climate change.