Treat yourself with citizen science this Halloween. Take a stroll through a pumpkin patch to look for insects or spend a night under the stars watching bats. Staying indoors? Map craters on the moon for NASA! Grab a few sweets from the candy dish and scroll through our editor’s picks below. You’re sure to find … Read more “Spooktacular 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.
Join Jojo and her family counting bats as citizen scientists in the soon-to-be-released book Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story! It won’t be in stores until the end of February, but you can read — and listen to — a free digital review copy today. The story, written by Philadelphia-area author Anna Forrester and illustrated by Susan Detwiler, … Read more “Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story”
Are you looking for something to make you shudder this Halloween? You can skip the scary movies and the frightening costumes. We’ve got projects that are creepy, slimy, scary, and above all else fun! Below, we’ve highlighted five spooky projects to help you celebrate Halloween. Find more with the Scistarter Project Finder. Cheers! The SciStarter … Read more “Celebrate Halloween with SciStarter”
Photo: USFWS Those Elusive Flying Mammals! Bats can be tricky to spot and observe but let’s try because they need our help. As disease, habitat loss, and climate change decimate some bat populations, we can help scientists monitor and protect them. Below, our editors highlight five bat-related citizen projects from around the globe. Find more … Read more “Citizen Science for Bat Fans!”
Editor’s Note: This post is part of our Citizen Science in the Classroom Series where we explore the use of citizen science projects to teach science in the classroom by aligning them with Common Core and Next Generation STEM standards . For more such projects check out the resources page for educators on SciStarter! Did … Read more “Halloween Citizen Science in the Classroom: Answer the Bat Call!”
We couldn’t have asked for a better citizen science project to start off October, a month often associated with Halloween and all things spooky. Introducing Bat Detective, a project that enlists citizen scientists to screen sound recordings of bats to classify their distinct calls. Bats are nocturnal, making them very difficult to spot with the … Read more “Become a Bat Detective”
Up north, in Washington State’s tranquil San Juan Islands, members of the Kwiáht marine research team are hard at work keeping an eye on local sea life and terrestrial critters. Kwiaht, a word in the Coast Salish dialect, refers to a place that is physically healthy and spiritually clean. The group hopes to ensure the … Read more “Citizen scientists make a difference in the San Juans”