An Autumn Bounty of Citizen Science

By Sarah Newman October 14th, 2017 at 4:10 am | Comment

Season Spotter

Birds and monarchs are migrating and leaves are changing color. Unfortunately, hurricanes are forming and flu season is here too. Fall is in full swing!  

This autumn, be a part of documenting the changes in your neighborhood. We’ve rounded up citizen science projects perfect for the season.  
 
Find more citizen science projects on SciStarter’s Project Finder.    
 
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team
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Mobilize hundreds of years of biodiversity information with WeDigBio!

By Guest October 12th, 2017 at 5:59 pm | Comment

By: Dr. Libby Ellwood

Each year, millions of people flock to natural history museums to see examples of plants, animals, gemstones and more from places around the world. But what those visitors *don’t* get to see are the countless additional specimens behind the scenes.

These specimen collections, housed at museums, universities, and other institutions, are an invaluable resource for understanding biodiversity around the world over long spans of time. Yet billions of these specimens lie tucked carefully away in cabinets and shelves, largely inaccessible to all but the few researchers with the means to view these collections in person. This makes the valuable data contained in and on those specimens difficult to search for, compromising their usefulness in research and education.  Read the rest of this entry »

Think Like A Citizen Scientist with Girl Scouts of the USA

By Editorial Team October 10th, 2017 at 10:50 am | Comment

Philadelphia, Penn. – (October 10, 2017) –SciStarter and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) are teaming up to encourage girls to pursue citizen science activities and exploration with new programming in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Girl Scouts of the USA has launched a new “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” series developed specifically to draw girls into the excitement of authentic scientific discovery through a new, customized Girl Scouts portal on SciStarter.

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From Tide-pooling to Shark Diving, Citizen Science with Ocean Sanctuaries

By Kristin Butler October 5th, 2017 at 11:57 am | Comment

Tiffany Poon dives with sharks. In fact, it’s one the biggest highlights of her diving year.

“As soon as the first one appears, usually in spring, I’ll be at La Jolla Cove spending as much time as possible with them,” Poon says. “Sometimes they’re shy and keep their distance, but often they’ll come by close enough for a nice photograph, and every now and then come in close to eyeball me with my strange camera.”

Poon is a citizen scientist for Ocean Sanctuaries, a nonprofit dedicated to researching and protecting sharks and other marine species. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s in your water?

By Sarah Newman October 3rd, 2017 at 8:05 am | Comment

World Water Monitoring
World Water Monitoring
Our dependency on clean water is something we all have in common.
 
In celebration of the Clean Water Act’s 45th anniversary (October 18), we’ve selected six citizen science opportunities to monitor the vitality of water near you.
Find more citizen science projects on SciStarter’s Project Finder.
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

North Carolina King Tides Project

North Carolina King Tides Project
Grab your camera and document flood events throughout North Carolina. Your photos help communities understand vulnerabilities to coastal flooding and inform community planning.
 
Location: North Carolina, United States

Creek Freaks: Engaging Youth in Water Quality

IWLA
Middle school students around the globe are the experts on their local streams and creeks. Enlist your kids and monitor the quality of creeks and streams near you.
 
Location: Global

CitClops/Eye on Water

CitClops_EyeonWater
Monitoring the quality of the water in our oceans is a big job, especially when that water is constantly moving and changing. Using the Eye on Water app from the CitClops project, you can do your part by collecting information about water color, clarity and fluorescence of oceans around the world.
Location: Global

Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program

MICorps
  
Looking for a reason to get out on the lake? Michigan’s Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program is the second oldest lake monitoring program in the country.  Document changes in lake quality and share your observations with scientists.
 
Location: Michigan, US

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program

MICorps
 
Live in Michigan? Help keep tabs on the streams in your community. MiCorps’ Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (VSMP) provides technical assistance, training, and grants to volunteer stream monitors to ensure the collection of reliable, high-quality data.
 
Location: Michigan, US

FLOW Program

Amigos de Bolsas
Head to the beach with the Follow and Learn about the Ocean and Wetland (FLOW) program! You’ll learn about coastal ecology, participate in the collection of scientific data and get involved in environmental quality monitoring. You might also get a little sand in your shoes.
Location: Huntington Beach, CA

Discover more summertime citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With 1100+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!