Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains? Here’s How You Can Contribute to Science While You’re At It

Hitting the trails for the long holiday weekend? Here’s a citizen science project you can contribute if you’re exploring the Appalachian Mountains, which stretch all the way from Georgia to Maine. Happy trails!  ~The SciStarter Editorial Team Hikers in the Appalachian mountains contribute data and help researchers learn how climate change is affecting plants living … Read more “Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains? Here’s How You Can Contribute to Science While You’re At It”

Categories: Citizen Science, Environment

A Global Effort to Protect Giraffes with Citizen Science

I read once that if you want to keep a giraffe in captivity you have to capture it when it is young because an adult giraffe will fight to the death to be free. The story was in the book “Zarafa” by Michael Allin, and while I don’t think the statement is scientifically correct, I … Read more “A Global Effort to Protect Giraffes with Citizen Science”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Nature & Outdoors

Exploring the wonder of birds through the Migratory Shorebird Project

I used to think of birds as delicate creatures, airy and carefree, with pretty feathers and pretty songs. Then I saw the film “Winged Migration” and came to understand just how gritty and daring these lovely creatures really are. The film uses bird’s-eye footage to document the treacherous treks birds across the globe make each … Read more “Exploring the wonder of birds through the Migratory Shorebird Project”

Categories: Animals, Birds, Project Profile

Support Bat Week Through Citizen Science

Editor’s Note: Today starts the beginning of Bat Week and there are many opportunities for citizen scientists to get involved. Below, we have reposted an article from 2015 on the popular online project Bat Detective. Want to support more bat projects? Check out SciStarter to find a list of fun possibilities. 

Categories: Bats, Citizen Science, Nature & Outdoors, Project Profile

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

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 … Read more “From Tide-pooling to Shark Diving, Citizen Science with Ocean Sanctuaries”

Categories: Citizen Science, Education, Ocean & Water, Other

Mission: Starlight Uses Space to Spark Curiosity in Chemistry

How can you protect an astronaut from getting a sunburn in space? The Royal Society of Chemistry in London has designed a collection of hands-on chemistry experiments that kids can do to explore this question and discover the answer for themselves. The project is called Mission: Starlight. It is free and includes downloadable videos, worksheets, and … Read more “Mission: Starlight Uses Space to Spark Curiosity in Chemistry”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Chemistry, Citizen Science, Project Profile

Discovering our Common Humanity through Space Archaeology

Like many people, I was first introduced to the world of archaeology by Indiana Jones, that adventuresome character who lit up the big screen rescuing artifacts from villains by the skin of his teeth. Indy was awesome and will always have a place in my heart. But while he succeeded in making archaeology seem romantic, … Read more “Discovering our Common Humanity through Space Archaeology”

Categories: Archeology, Citizen Science, Project Profile

Citizen Scientists Diving to Study The Mystery of Manta Rays

This post is part of our Divers’ series. We encourage readers to continue the conversation by adding their own comments, question or concerns on our Facebook page. You’ll find links to other posts at the end of this story.  Two years ago I rang in the New Year by scuba diving with giant manta rays off … Read more “Citizen Scientists Diving to Study The Mystery of Manta Rays”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ocean & Water, Project Profile

From the Stars to the Seas: Pairing Citizen Science with NASA Technology for Whale Shark Conservation

This post is part of our Divers’ series. We encourage readers to continue the conversation by adding their own comments, question or concerns on our Facebook page. You’ll find links to other posts at the end of this story.  When Jason Holmberg saw his first whale shark 15 years ago while scuba diving off the coast … Read more “From the Stars to the Seas: Pairing Citizen Science with NASA Technology for Whale Shark Conservation”

Categories: Citizen Science, Guest Contributor, Ocean & Water, Project Profile