A delightful menu of citizen science for Thanksgiving

By lshell | November 21, 2018 7:43 pm

thanksgiving-dinnerDig into this serving of Thanksgiving projects with friends and family.

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for you, our outstanding community of citizen scientists and researchers.
Thank you for your efforts, big and small.
Happy Thanksgiving. Now, feast on these projects!
The SciStarter Team

New-Hampshire-Turkey-Observers-scistarterNew Hampshire Turkey Observers

This project is for our New England friends. Record sightings of female turkeys and their young to help biologists learn about the impacts of winter storms on turkeys in New Hampshire.
Location: New Hampshire, USA

tnmcorps_editorThe National Map Corps

This Thanksgiving it’s expected that new travel records will be set. Every place we go requires accurate mapping. Through this project, you will help verify online data for a National Map.
Location: Global

Feeling snowed-in and in want of something more exotic? Take this opportunity to count, identify and track giraffes on conservation field sites in Kenya. This work helps communities in Kenya save the giraffe from extinction.
Location: Online Only

american-gut-microbe-citizen-science-scistarterAmerican Gut

How do your microbes impact your health? Help researchers study trillions of microbes in and on our bodies! Collect and compare your microbes to those of others.
Location: North America

mushroom-observer-scistarteMushroom Observer

Mmmmm. Mushrooms! After a rain storm the fungi that were laying dormant make themselves known. Record your observations about mushrooms to help expand their scientific exploration. Once you get started, you’ll notice mushrooms everywhere.
Location: Global

GOT2017-1Genetics of Taste Lab

Help scientists discover the link between genetics and taste. It seems that everyone has different food preferences. This lab is looking to see if you taste whole wheat differently than other people based on your DNA.
Location: Global

Western_MonarchWestern Monarch Thanksgiving Count

Every year the monarch butterflies west of the Rocky Mountains migrate to the coast of California, where they spend the winter. If the air quality is safe for you to venture outside, check to see if these beautiful butterflies made it safely.
We are thinking of everyone in California enduring the terrible firestorms and residual smoke. Stay safe.
Location: California, USA

surveytimeCalling all Project Leaders!

Researchers from North Carolina State University want to learn from you, and, in the process, help make SciStarter work better (for you!). The surveys are anonymous, and no personally identifiable information will be collected.

Please take a few moments to participate.

Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With 3000+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

  • Patricia K. Gonzalez

    I actually earn close to $19,000-$20,000 per month using the internet. I lost my job after working for the same organization for a long time, I needed trusted income. I was not researching for the “get rich overnight” home programs you notice online. Those are all mlm schemes or stuff where you need to sell to your friends and relatives. The best benefit of working on-line is that I am always home with the kids and also I go out on family trip for long period. Honestly,it is simpler than you would believe. I got the instructions kit and within 4 weeks I started making over $4,000 per month. You don’t have to be technical, but you should be aware how to use the internet. If you can fill up forms and surf web sites, you can do it easily, You don’t even have to sell anything at all. It is as simple as being on any social media site. This is what I do… TOMMYNIK.TUMBLR.COM


Citizen Science Salon

Scistarter logo

Citizen Science Salon, brought to you by SciStarter, is where science enthusiasts can join forces with top researchers. We'll feature weekly collaborative, crowdsourced, and DIY research projects that relate to what you're reading about in Discover, so you can take science into your own hands. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

See More


Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

Collapse bottom bar