Nine million birds and counting

There is definitely no breed of citizen scientist more enthusiastic and dedicated than bird watchers. The results of last weekend’s birding binge are now being tallied on the Great Backyard Bird Count website—and they are mighty impressive. Here are some highlights: Total checklists submitted: 81,590 Total species observed: 582 Total individual birds counted: 9,443,847 Even … Read more “Nine million birds and counting”

Categories: Animals, Birds, Citizen Science

Engaging Students through Citizen Science

This morning, a friend sent me a link to an article from Kid Gardening.org, a site that “helps young minds grow”.  The article, Engaging Students through Citizen Science , highlights the benefits–to educators AND students–of participating in citizen science projects: [Students] think and act like scientists as they make careful observations, ask their own questions, … Read more “Engaging Students through Citizen Science”

Categories: Citizen Science, Education, In the News, Science Education Standards

Announcing SETI Quest

Yesterday, New Scientist magazine announced the latest project in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence: SETI Quest: SETIQuest is the product of astronomer Jill Tarter’s TED Prize wish. After being awarded the TED Prize last year, Tarter was given the opportunity to make a single wish before an auditorium full of the top names in technology … Read more “Announcing SETI Quest”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science

You can lend a hand to science education, too.

National Lab Day is the brain child of Jack Hidary who wants to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education in the U.S.A. Through National Lab Day, scientists are matched with teachers in need of their intellectual capital. Much like you–citizen scientists–are lending your brains to science, scientists participating in National Lab Day are lending … Read more “You can lend a hand to science education, too.”

Categories: Citizen Science, Science Education Standards

Don’t miss the Great Backyard Bird Count

Get those binoculars out: The Great Backyard Bird Count 2010 takes place this Friday through next Monday, February 12 to 15. In as little as 15 minutes a day, you can help scientists learn how climate, disease, and habitat changes are affecting bird populations. Plus, you’ll have fun checking out your backyard visitors. The bird … Read more “Don’t miss the Great Backyard Bird Count”

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

Site status: We’re doing better now, thank you

Things have been a little squirrely in the last several days, what with the hiccups and ugly error messages that greeted a few selected members. Sorry about that. But now our intrepid engineer, Daniel, has set things straight again. Scientists and organizers of citizen science projects, you can once more reliably share your programs with … Read more “Site status: We’re doing better now, thank you”

Categories: Citizen Science

An introduction to bird watching.

New to bird watching? Professor Stuart Pimm talks us through the basics in this video. Many bird watchers share their observations with researchers in an effort to learn about and protect these  little critters that are so important to our ecology.  If you’re interested in getting involved in bird watching to help science, you’ll find … Read more “An introduction to bird watching.”

Categories: Birds, Citizen Science

Help researchers tailor electric vehicle solutions (based on YOUR commute).

Just back from a visit to Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Lab. Fascinating developments taking place there, not the least of which includes a number of citizen science initiatives! First up: ChargeCar! This project, part of a series of community-based applied research activities coming out of CMU’s CommunityRobotics.org,  is asking you to share your daily commute … Read more “Help researchers tailor electric vehicle solutions (based on YOUR commute).”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment

Amateur Astronomers First to Spot Starry Outburst

It had been more than 10 years since the two-star system known as U Scorpii had erupted into one of its unpredictable bursts of brightness. Then yesterday morning, two amateur astronomers in Florida observed this “recurrent nova” come to life. Barbara Harris spotted it first and Shawn Dvorak soon confirmed. They notified the American Association … Read more “Amateur Astronomers First to Spot Starry Outburst”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science