All Water Is Connected: Citizen Scientists Monitor Virginia Water Quality

Photo Source: Creative Commons, Nicolas Henderson on Twitter The Virginia Beach Blue Water Task Force works all twelve months of the year. When we visit the beach, water quality is the last thing most of us want to worry about. Virginia Beach receives more than 15 million tourists each year, and both the state Department … Read more “All Water Is Connected: Citizen Scientists Monitor Virginia Water Quality”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water, Project Profile

Celebrate summer with citizen science!

Search for the Rusty Patched bee, track flood impacts, or use your surfboard as a water quality sensor. Planning a trip to the beach, a park, or a campsite? Here are six ways to contribute to real science while enjoying the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Computers & Technology, Ecology & Environment, Environment, Featured Projects, Geology & Earth Sciences, Girl Scouts, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

Perfect your weighing and measuring skills with these projects!

Whether you’re a fan of imperial or metric, this past Sunday was the day to celebrate the way we measure our surroundings. What better way to celebrate a day dedicated to measurement than to participate in a citizen science project where you weigh (or measure) something for science? We’ve pulled together some special projects that … Read more “Perfect your weighing and measuring skills with these projects!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Computers & Technology, Do-It-Yourself, Featured Projects, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter, Ocean & Water

Volunteers Protect Clean Water from Coast to Coast

The Surfrider Foundation is pleased to release its 2017 Clean Water Annual Report, which tracks the progress of our Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) and Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) programs during the calendar year of 2017.  At a time when it can be difficult to depend on the federal agencies tasked with protecting our clean water and healthy coasts, it … Read more “Volunteers Protect Clean Water from Coast to Coast”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ocean & Water

Super Bowl Citizen Science Projects from the Science Cheerleaders!

When the Philadelphia Eagles face the New England Patriots on Sunday, look for the brains on the sidelines. A combined THIRTY Super Bowl cheerleaders are currently pursuing careers in STEM. Fifteen on the Patriots side and fifteen on the Eagles side. Below, two former cheerleaders share their picks for Citizen Science on Super Bowl Sunday! Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Animals, Apps, Astronomy & Space, Birds, Citizen Science, Events, Featured Projects, Ocean & Water, Science Cheerleaders, USA Science and Engineering Festival

An Autumn Bounty of Citizen Science

Birds and monarchs are migrating and leaves are changing color. Fall is in full swing! Unfortunately, hurricanes are forming and flu season is here too. Help scientists document nature and health changes near you to study and predict future trends. Our editors selected five projects to get you started. Find more citizen science projects on … Read more “An Autumn Bounty of Citizen Science”

Categories: Birds, Featured Projects, Health, Insects, Ocean & Water

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

Weeding: It’s Not Just for Gardeners

By Kayla Keyes, Mote Marine Laboratory Recent news about Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has been grim: the most recent aerial survey of the reef identified a stretch of bleached coral over 900 miles (1500 km) long, and scientists have declared the reef to be in a terminal stage. Studies have shown that losing the Great … Read more “Weeding: It’s Not Just for Gardeners”

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