“How To” Become a Citizen Scientist in Minutes

Virtually join a SCUBA diver as she takes a fish survey. Watch scientists explain the goals of their research, how YOU can get involved, and what they’ll do with the data you collect. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the videos we feature below. You’ll discover how you can become a citizen scientist, in minutes! Nature TV and … Read more ““How To” Become a Citizen Scientist in Minutes”

Categories: book, Citizen Science, Do-It-Yourself, Featured Projects, Insects, Newsletter, videos

Project MartinRoost: A Scavenger Hunt in Your Backyard

This post is part of a collaboration between SciStarter and Career in STEM, in which writers spotlight different citizen science projects, interview project leaders about their careers, and create educational content for teachers and students. This series is available on the Science Connected, Career in STEM, SciStarter, and Discover Magazine blog platforms.  Click to jump … Read more “Project MartinRoost: A Scavenger Hunt in Your Backyard”

Categories: Birds, Citizen Science, Project Profile

Five ways your dog can do science. Woof!

We’re in the dog days of summer, and National Dog Day is August 26. You and your dog can celebrate by doing a little science together (that’s right!)…and help researchers in the process. Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Animals, Newsletter

Five Fin-tastic projects for Shark Week

The Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week is July 28-August 4. Help scientists learn more about sharks through the projects we’ve tagged for you, below. This year, you can also help provide healthy ocean homes for sharks by joining the world’s largest volunteer effort for oceans: the International Coastal Cleanup. Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Education, Featured Projects, Newsletter, Ocean & Water, webinar

Pollinator Week Logo June 17-23 2019

It’s Pollinator Week and we’re all a-buzzzz!

This is a perfect week to make and share your pollinator observations with scientists. Our editors selected five projects in need of your help. More about pollinators from Penn State’s website:”Pollinators are animals (primarily insect, but sometimes avian or mammalian) that fertilize plants, resulting in the formation of seeds and the fruit surrounding seeds. Humans … Read more “It’s Pollinator Week and we’re all a-buzzzz!”

Categories: book, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Education, Environment, Featured Projects, Insects, Newsletter, Webinar, webinar

Antarctic Citizen Scientists

Looking Beneath the Ocean’s Surface with Antarctic Citizen Scientists

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are working with Antarctic tour operators like Hurtigruten to enable vacationers to serve as citizen scientists with the FjordPhyto citizen science project. Travelers collect samples of phytoplankton from Antarctic fjords in an effort to understand the base of the food web, helping scientists learn how one of the most … Read more “Looking Beneath the Ocean’s Surface with Antarctic Citizen Scientists”

Categories: Animals, Citizen Science, Project Profile

Citizen Science in Nebraska

Citizen Science in Nebraska

In Nebraska, scientists working for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are increasingly relying on casual researchers and citizen scientists to better understand three creatures in particular: spotted skunks, salamanders, and regal fritillary and monarch butterflies. Why? The populations of these species have either declined or are in jeopardy, and scientists want to get a current population … Read more “Citizen Science in Nebraska”

Categories: Animals, Citizen Science, Environment

Mosquito Habitat Mapper

Neighborhood Science with GLOBE Mission Mosquito

Spring is a great time to start using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper. Have you noticed any mosquitoes yet? Spring is upon us in the United States, and mosquitoes are already buzzing in many parts of the country. Below is a map that shows the approximate onset of the mosquito season throughout the contiguous … Read more “Neighborhood Science with GLOBE Mission Mosquito”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, Citizen Science Day, Climate & Weather, Environment, Insects, Project Profile

March Mammal Madness

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

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