Kauai Blue Water Task Force releases annual water quality report. Photo Credit: Surfrider Kauai

The Kauai Blue Water Task Force releases their annual water quality report.

The Surfrider Foundation is an international non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. The Surfrider Foundation works with a large network of grassroots environmentalists, who serve as a first line of response for water quality monitoring on the coastline. The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) … Read more “The Kauai Blue Water Task Force releases their annual water quality report.”

Categories: Chemistry, Environment, Ocean & Water, Project Profile

Observing phenology with Nature’s Notebook will teach you the science of the seasons. Photo credit: Brian F Powell

Nature’s Notebook: Investigating the Science of Seasons

Nature’s Notebook is a citizen science project focused on the signs of the seasons. Participants can track the changes in plants and animals in their own backyards. How do you know when spring arrives? Is it when the first flower buds appear on your favorite tree, when the daylight hours lengthen, or when the first … Read more “Nature’s Notebook: Investigating the Science of Seasons”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Project Profile

Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease During the Megathon: Spotlight on Three Citizen Scientists

Stall Catchers, a gamified way of contributing to Alzheimer’s research, is going big! Working with SciStarter, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, the Citizen Science Association, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region, and other partners, Stall Catchers is activating the Megathon (register at Megathon.us) … Read more “Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease During the Megathon: Spotlight on Three Citizen Scientists”

Categories: Alzheimers, Apps, Citizen Science Day, Featured Projects

The SciStarter team is hitting the road.

The best part of our work is meeting the people who power citizen science either by visiting and joining SciStarter, engaging in projects, or sharing, saving, or facilitating projects and events. If you’re receiving this message, that includes YOU! We’d love to meet you in person at any of the following events. Fingers crossed that … Read more “The SciStarter team is hitting the road.”

Categories: Citizen Science, Citizen Science Conference, Citizen Science Day, Events, Featured Projects, National Citizen Science Day, Newsletter, SciFests, USA Science and Engineering Festival

Citizen Science and March Mammal Madness

The 7th annual March Mammal Madness Tournament (MMM) is upon us! What is MMM, you ask? Only the most engaging, riveting, and scientifically accurate bracket-based tournament around! Eighty-two contenders enter, but only one (or this year, perhaps two) will be the Champion! March Mammal Madness was developed in 2013 by Dr. Katie Hinde, a professor … Read more “Citizen Science and March Mammal Madness”

Categories: Animals

Celebrating Citizen Science on April 13

Citizen Science Day falls on Saturday, April 13, and we are encouraging you to celebrate by doing citizen science! There are so many ways to engage. The featured activity this year is the Stall Catchers Megathon, a gamified, inter-generational way to accelerate research on Alzheimer’s! Participate from home or join a team at a local library. If you … Read more “Celebrating Citizen Science on April 13”

Categories: Citizen Science Day, Newsletter

Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design. Video

From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine , this video introduces the National Academies of Sciences, engineering, and Medicine’s report, Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design (2018) that identifies ways citizen science projects can be designed to effectively support learning.

Categories: Other

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Review of Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy

Susanne Hecker, Muki Haklay, Anne Bowser, Zen Makuch, Johannes Vogel & Aletta Bonn. (2018). Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy. University College London Press. Scientific progress is intertwined with the triad of the state, the scientist, and the citizen, all of which are emphasized in the field of citizen science. Taking a … Read more “Review of Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy”

Categories: Book Review, Citizen Science, Education

Webinar Recording Available for Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming!

On Wednesday, February 20, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region hosted the “Midday at the Oasis: Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming!” webinar. A recording of the webcast and presentation slides are now available on the Midday at the Oasis page.  You can also view the recording directly … Read more “Webinar Recording Available for Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming!”

Categories: Citizen Science Day, libraries

Take Pictures of Your (Six-Legged) Roommates for Science

Modern Americans spend nearly 90% of their lives indoors. Yet despite all that time inside, we know remarkably little about the life that shares our indoor spaces. This spring, a team at North Carolina State University hopes to change that by asking students to document the creatures they find in their dorms, homes, and apartments … Read more “Take Pictures of Your (Six-Legged) Roommates for Science”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Insects, Other, Project Profile, University