Citizen scientist profile: Bob


After retiring from a career in sales, Bob’s lifelong enthusiasm for the outdoors led him to begin volunteering with the Chicago Botanic Garden. While working in the Garden’s prairies and woodlands, Bob helped plant native prairie, cleared brush, identified insects, and even discovered his artistic talents while sketching fungal specimens. Since joining the Echinacea Project in 2001, he has counted over 200,000 achenes! Outside of the lab, Bob remains active with the Boy Scouts of America and continues to cultivate his artistic talents through painting and photography.

This is one in a series of profiles recognizing the hard work and dedication of citizen scientists volunteering for the Echinacea Project at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


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