Archive for the ‘Citizen Science’ Category

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Citizen Science!

By November 24th, 2015 at 7:28 am | Comment

Photo: USFWS

For many people, Thanksgiving brings to mind family, friends, food, and football.  For us here at SciStarter, it’s a time to give thanks to you! So thank you for making the world a better place through citizen science.

Below, you’ll find five projects that will put you in the Thanksgiving spirit!
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Happy Thanksgiving,

Candace Fallon, Xerces Society
Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count
Every year the monarch butterflies west of the Rocky Mountains migrate to the coast of California, where they spend the winter. In November and December, help monitor the population of these migrants!

Get Started!

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Six Citizen Science Projects to Study Your Mind and Body

By November 13th, 2015 at 9:07 am | Comment

Photo: USFWS

From human cognition to gut microbes, people just like you are working with researchers to study the human mind and body.

Below, you’ll find six projects to do today.
Visit the SciStarter Project Finder for 1000 more opportunities to power science for, and by, the people!

Photo: DOD
Flu Survey
This project tracks the spread of influence in the United Kingdom. If you have flu symptoms, report them via their easy online data form.

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Categories: Citizen Science

How Citizen Scientists are Helping the Cause of Bat Conservation

By November 10th, 2015 at 9:15 am | Comment


by Kristin Butler

About fifteen of us were gathered in a classroom one Thursday evening last month on San Francisco’s South Bay. We were there to hear a talk as part of a bat banding workshop and field demonstration  at a riparian restoration site. The wildlife ecologist and bat expert who gave the talk explained why the nocturnal creatures deserve our protection and respect.

In the field the following night, we watched our teacher wade chest deep across a creek, deftly extract a tiny bat from a mist net by the light of his headlamp, and measure, observe, and band it back at our camp.

As I watched, I imagined what it would be like to be a scientist who gets to study and protect these fascinating animals every day, and I wondered if there was a way for a non-scientist like me to get involved. Read the rest of this entry »

Frightfully Delightful Citizen Science for Halloween!

By October 30th, 2015 at 5:30 pm | Comment

It’s time for ghouls and goblins, candy and costumes, AND citizen science!

Here are six creep crawly projects to spice up your Halloween festivities.


Photo: NASA
Send Us Your Skeletons
This project needs skeletons, but don’t worry- they don’t want human ones! The Department of Fisheries in Western Australia needs fishers from that region to send them their fish skeletons. This will help the department evaluate the local fish populations.

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Citizen Scientist Breaks New Ground In Monarch Research

By October 26th, 2015 at 7:48 am | Comment

Tagged Monarch Butterfly (Image: Wendy Caldwell)

Tagged Monarch Butterfly (Image: Wendy Caldwell)

Gayle Steffy’s fascination with butterflies started when she was thirteen. She found her first monarch caterpillar, brought it home and raised it to adulthood. She’s been hooked ever since, collecting data on monarchs years before joining any of the established monarch citizen science projects. Despite her early interest, which eventually led her to acquire a BS in Environmental Studies, she didn’t initially envision where her work would take her. “I didn’t have a specific goal at the start – I just wanted to record everything I could about each monarch I caught, figuring I could look at it all later and see what it all meant,” she said.

Beginning in 1992, she caught, tagged, and released monarch butterflies in Pennsylvania during their annual migration to Mexico, and then recorded if any of the monarchs were later found at their Mexican overwintering sites. After 18 years of collecting migration data, Steffy accomplished something that not many citizen scientists have done before. In August this year, she published her work in a special monarch-themed issue of the Annals of the Entomological Society of America, a well-respected scholarly journal. Read the rest of this entry »