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12 Days of Christmas with Citizen Science

By December 19th, 2016 at 2:16 pm | Comment

Photo: John Ohab

(OrinPhoto: John Ohab

(Originally published Dec. 2016)

Back by popular demand…our annual “12 Days of Christmas” post.  And…as our gift to you, we’ve made it possible for you to track your citizen science contributions and interests in one place! 1) Go to  SciStarter, 2) Sign up, and 3)  complete your profile and start earning credit for your awesome contributions to research!
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 On the 1st Day of Christmas, Trees Please gave to me:

A partridge in a pear tree when measuring air quality and tree health in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Photo: USFWS

On the 2nd Day of Christmas, the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program gave to me:

Two turtle doves to help turtles safely cross roadways.

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Photo: Hilary Wood

On the 3rd Day of Christmas, the Christmas Bird Count gave to me:

Three French hens to be counted during the 118th year of this project!

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On the 4th Day of Christmas, Lingscape gave to me:

Four calling birds perched on the street signs being photographed for this linguistic study.

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Photo: USFWS

On the 5th Day of Christmas, the Golden Eagle Survey Project gave to me:

Five gold rings as bright as the feathers on these beautiful birds!

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On the 6th Day of Christmas, Air Visual gave to me:

Six geese a-laying as I monitored air quality in my local park.

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Photo: L. Borre

On the 7th Day of Christmas, Lake Observer gave to me:

Seven swans a-swimming in a lake while I monitored the health of its waters.

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On the 8th Day of Christmas, the Milky Way Project gave to me:

Eight maids a-milking in a beautiful image of faraway space.

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Photo: DOL

On the 9th Day of Christmas, Project Implicit gave to me:

Nine ladies dancing with glee as they participated in this fun project on attitudes and beliefs.

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On the 10th Day of Christmas, Colony B gave to me:

Ten lords a-leaping with joy at the chance to study microbes by playing a mobile game.

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On the 11th Day of Christmas, Open Street Maps gave to me:

Eleven pipers piping in a parade as I mapped the streets in my city.

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On the 12th Day of Christmas, Cyanomonitoring gave to me:

Twelve drummers drumming up support for protecting water quality by monitoring for cyanobacteria blooms.

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Changing Currents turns students into environmental scientists

By July 18th, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Comment

Children analyze water samples with the Changing Currents Project. Photo:

Children analyze water samples with the Changing Currents Project. Photo:

Changing Currents, a project originating in Toronto, Canada, familiarizes middle- and high-school students with local watersheds and teaches them how to conduct water quality analyses.

This is a great way for students to become environmental scientists for a day! After heading out to a local stream and donning hip waders, students collect water samples and analyze their data. Through this program, students get out in nature for a while and learn about the importance of healthy aquatic ecosystems.

Hip waders keep citizen scientists dry while sampling streams. Photo:

Hip waders keep citizen scientists dry while sampling streams. Photo:

Urban watersheds can be adversely affected by many problems, including urban run-off and storm water, agriculture, and pesticide use. It is imperative to keep watersheds clean, not only for us humans (who depend on natural sources for our drinking water!) but also for the animals and plants in the larger ecosystems that these waterways support.

In addition to learning a bit about science and nature, students also contribute their data to a larger study of Toronto-area watersheds and are encouraged to take action if they find problems in their local streams and rivers. Want to see what it’s like? Check out their fun video!

The Changing Currents group created a thorough, well-organized field manual for teachers to help organize scholarly stream outings. Take a look inside and learn how to conduct a survey and identify aquatic critters!

To get involved, first register with the group and then attend a training session or host a Student Stream Assessment Workshop. Students can learn more about water quality and biomonitoring in the Student Area of the website.

We think you’d look great in hip waders, so take a look and get out there! Read the rest of this entry »