Category: Citizen Science

Citizen Science Tuesday: Plankton Portal

Plankton, these seemingly inconsequential organisms affect the entire ocean. And you can help scientists understand them. Discover new life with Plankton Portal.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Smithsonian Bumblebee Project

A key to understanding problems facing bumblebees is hiding in the Smithsonian collections. Make these records available & be part of the Smithsonian legacy.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Bat Detective

This Halloween: Where can you hear a sound that most people never hear, teach computers a lesson & improve scientific data on vulnerable bats? Try Bat Detective!

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Monarchs Journey North

Why do monarchs migrate? How do they know when to go to Mexico? How do they know where to fly? Citizen Scientists are finding the answers on Journey North.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Wildlife CSI

How does the local wildlife behave around the compost heap? Wildlife CSI is on the case. Join a crack team of sleuths that includes crowbots. Yes, crowbots.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Microplastics Project

Have you heard of microplastics? Every time you wash your clothes, you release 2,000 into the water system. But now you can help—as a citizen scientist.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group

Ever heard of a malleefowl? You’ll never forget it after reading about their big feet, huge nests, and chicks born fully feathered that can fly within 24 hours.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Penguin Watch

Contribute to science by looking at photos of adorable penguins, seriously. Give Penguin Watch a chance.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Floating Forests

You could contribute to citizen science that protects an entire ocean ecosystem without traveling or learning to dive. Try Floating Forests online.

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Schaefer Prairie Preserve Citizen Science

Would you like to learn about the plants and wildlife of an eastern tallgrass prairie, while contributing to science? Visit Schaefer Prairie Preserve!

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Citizen Science Tuesday: SEANET

Today’s citizen science: Survey Atlantic beaches to help sea bird conservation with SEANET.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: COASST

Looking for an excuse to visit the Pacific year round? COASST will give you a reason and a new understanding of the birds and sea creatures around you.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: JellyWatch

Like to go to the beach? JellyWatch gives you a meaningful reason to visit and a new perspective on those stranded jellies and summertime is prime jelly watching time!

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Otter Spotter

If you care about otters and water conservation, try Otter Spotter. See nature, do science, and learn why “Healthy watersheds make healthy ottersheds!”

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Firefly Watch

Fireflies call to mind magical summer nights and the wonder of nature, but people report that they don’t see so many around anymore. Are fireflies disappearing?

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