|Goal||Help scientists better understand urban squirrel biology.|
|Task||Count squirrels in your neighborhood, report findings online.|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
Project Squirrel is calling all citizen scientists to count the number of squirrels in their neighborhoods and report their findings. The goal is to understand urban squirrel biology, including everything from squirrels to migratory birds, nocturnal mammals, and secretive reptiles and amphibians. To gain data on squirrel populations across the United States, citizen scientists will also be asked, when possible, to distinguish between two different types of tree squirrels - gray and fox.
Anyone can participate in Project Squirrel. No matter where you live, city or suburb, from the Midwest to the East Coast, Canada to California, if squirrels live in your neighborhood, you are encouraged to become a squirrel monitor.
The scientists at Project Squirrel will also use this project to understand the effect that participation in citizen science has on participants. By contributing to Project Squirrel and documenting your experience, you can provide valuable information that will eventually be used to recruit other citizen scientists.
|How to Join||
Participants can record observations online or mail in a printable form from the following website: http://projectsquirrel.org/participate.shtml.
A computer with Internet access.
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Adults, Families|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||On a hike, At home|
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