Archive for the ‘Ecology & Environment’ Category

Citizen Science for Bat Fans!

By May 26th, 2016 at 7:36 pm | Comment

Photo: USFWS
Those Elusive Flying Mammals!

Bats can be tricky to spot and observe but let’s try because they need our help.  As disease, habitat loss, and climate change decimate some bat populations, we can help scientists monitor and protect them.

Below, our editors highlight five bat-related citizen projects from around the globe.

Find more than 1,600 projects and events in the SciStarter Global Project Finder.
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

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Look Up Into to the Starry Night for Science

By May 4th, 2016 at 12:58 am | Comment

Composite image of the Earth at night (NASA)

Composite image of the Earth at night (NASA)

Help researchers monitor and understand light pollution with a simple smartphone app

Guest post by Christopher Kyba

How many stars can you see when you look up at the night sky? The answer depends a bit on your vision and a lot on where you live. The bright sky over cities reduces the contrast between the stars and the spaces between them, making them difficult or impossible to see. It’s similar to how the noise from traffic makes it hard to hear singing birds.

This phenomenon is known as light pollution and is of concern for both ecological and human health reasons. For example, the croaking of frogs and toads is a nighttime breeding ritual and artificial right disrupts this activity, reducing populations. Similarly, birds that migrate or hunt at night can have their navigation severely affected by artificial light. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate National Volunteers Week and Earth Day with Citizen Science!

By April 14th, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Comment

April is YOUR month, citizen scientists!
This is National Volunteer Week so get involved in a research project in need of your help. Find your favorite project on Serve.gov and AllForGood.org, now featuring SciStarter’s database of projects. Need another reason? Look no further thanSaturday, 4/16, Citizen Science DayEvents  are scheduled around the world. We bet there’s one near you. Still wallowing in indecision? Well, 4/22 is Earth Day and we’ve selected five awesome Earth Day projects we think you’ll love.
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

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Spring, Citizen Science and some Irish luck!

By March 22nd, 2016 at 11:59 pm | Comment

Photo: CL Goforth
Critter Tracking
With spring weather upon us, many animals are on the move. Contribute your wildlife observations to advance scientific research. Learn how, below.

Find projects from our pals in Ireland, Canada, the EU, and now, Australia through our brand new international partnership. Like citizen science, SciStarter is global.

You can find more projects via the SciStarter Project Finder.

Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

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PhenoCam and Season Spotter: Using Digital Photography to Educate Youth and Advance Climate Change Science

By March 18th, 2016 at 11:06 pm | Comment

Screenshot of the Season Spotter website

A screenshot from the Season Spotter project with an example of the types of questions asked of users.

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This question has engaged philosophers through the ages in discussions regarding observation and the knowledge of reality. Scientists in the PhenoCam Network are also interested in what goes on in forests when no one is around to observe them but are less interested in the presence or absence of noise as trees fall but in knowing the timing of when trees flower, leaf, or fruit. Read the rest of this entry »