citizen science

Citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists.

  • Invasive Plants:
  • Community Clean Water Initiative:
  • Project BudBurst:
  • The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event that recruits people from around the country to count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across North America. Anyone can participate during the four-day count period each year.
  • Neighborhood Box Turtle Watch is designed as a Citizen Science project which involves citizens living in a rural to suburban neighborhood monitoring their resident box turtles. Turtles encountered in your yard or neighborhood are photographed, measured and released at site of encounter. Clear photographs of the shell pattern of box turtles are usually sufficient to identify individual box turtles. Location of each sighting is recorded on a survey plot or aerial photograph of your neighborhood which can easily be downloaded off various websites. A log is kept of individual turtles so that over time, their movements within your neighborhood will be documented. Such information gained from this citizen-science research can be useful in learning more about box turtles and how they adapt to living in an environment with humans. The more years that you are able to participate in this project, the more we may learn about box turtles.
  • Project NestWatch. NestWatch is a continent-wide citizen science project that recruits volunteers to monitor nesting birds. By collecting this information from thousands of people living all across the country NestWatch provides scientists with valuable data about bird breeding behavior that would otherwise be unattainable.