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Survivors in the Forest: Help Scientists by Identifying Resilient Trees

Calling all tree lovers! This Arbor Day, help scientists study trees near you with TreeSnap, an easy-to-use app. Are you a tree lover with a smartphone? If so, you can help out scientists who are trying to breed stronger trees. Like all living beings, trees face a variety of challenges and illnesses. In addition to … Read more “Survivors in the Forest: Help Scientists by Identifying Resilient Trees”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Environment

Celebrate Earth Day with Citizen Science

Earth Day is April 22, 2019 so take a moment to celebrate our environment and learn more about the biodiversity around us. The first Earth Day was in 1970, and was started to bring attention to environmental protection and preservation. We’ve selected a few projects related to environmental protection and a global event to participate … Read more “Celebrate Earth Day with Citizen Science”

Categories: Citizen Science Day, Environment, Events, Featured Projects, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter, Ocean & Water, Science Cheerleaders, SciFests

Eastern Spotted Skunk. Photo credit: Missouri Department of Conservation

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

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

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Book Review: Building a Foundation In Environmental Citizen Science

Dickinson, Janis L. & Bonney, Rick. (eds). Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research. Cornell University Press, 2012. 279 pages. Paperback $US 29.95. Though it was published in 2012, Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research is relevant to our present moment. As discussions of environmental research increase in frequency and urgency, institutions at all levels will … Read more “Book Review: Building a Foundation In Environmental Citizen Science”

Categories: Book Review, Citizen Science, CitSci Research, Environment

Kauai Blue Water Task Force releases annual water quality report. Photo Credit: Surfrider Kauai

The Kauai Blue Water Task Force releases their annual water quality report.

The Surfrider Foundation is an international non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. The Surfrider Foundation works with a large network of grassroots environmentalists, who serve as a first line of response for water quality monitoring on the coastline. The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) … Read more “The Kauai Blue Water Task Force releases their annual water quality report.”

Categories: Chemistry, Environment, Ocean & Water, Project Profile

Book Review: Citizen Science for Now and for Always

Mary Ellen Hannibal, Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, New York, NY: The Experiment, 2016. 432 pp. $29.95 hardcover, $17.95 paperback. Mary Ellen Hannibal’s Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction is a beautiful collection that explores a wide range of stories. From the … Read more “Book Review: Citizen Science for Now and for Always”

Categories: Book Review, Environment

Blue Water Task Force expands its reach by teaming up with Swim Guide

Check out the Blue Water Task Force on SciStarter! The Surfrider Foundation is pleased to announce its participation in the first ever open data standard for the automated exchange of recreational water quality data. Recreational waters at ocean and freshwater beaches, lakes and rivers are monitored for harmful bacteria and pathogens that can threaten human … Read more “Blue Water Task Force expands its reach by teaming up with Swim Guide”

Categories: Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

Part Three of Curio Series: Q&A with Co-Founder, Conor Nugent

This post is part three of a three-part series about how Curio can help citizens recognize, appreciate, and care for the highly beneficial green spaces around them. Special thanks to Megan Ray Nichols for putting all this together. Portions of this interview appeared in part one of this series. Part One | Part Two | Part Three What are … Read more “Part Three of Curio Series: Q&A with Co-Founder, Conor Nugent”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, CitSci Research, Ecology & Environment, Environment

Part Two of Curio Series: A Word From Co-Founder, Paul Hickey

This post is part two of a three-part series about how Curio can help citizens recognize, appreciate, and care for the highly beneficial green spaces around them. Part One | Part Two | Part Three When I was 8 years old, a friend of mine fell from the very top of an extremely tall cypress … Read more “Part Two of Curio Series: A Word From Co-Founder, Paul Hickey”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, CitSci Research, Ecology & Environment, Environment