Support Bat Week Through Citizen Science

By Kristin Butler | October 24, 2017 3:52 pm

Editor’s Note: Today starts the beginning of Bat Week and there are many opportunities for citizen scientists to get involved. Below, we have reposted an article from 2015 on the popular online project Bat Detective. Want to support more bat projects? Check out SciStarter to find a list of fun possibilities.  Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Living World

An Autumn Bounty of Citizen Science

By Sarah Newman | October 14, 2017 4:10 pm
Season Spotter

Birds and monarchs are migrating and leaves are changing color. Fall is in full swing! Unfortunately, hurricanes are forming and flu season is here too.

Help scientists document nature and health changes near you to study and predict future trends.
Our editors selected five projects to get you started. Find more citizen science projects on SciStarter’s Project Finder.
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Mobilize hundreds of years of biodiversity information with WeDigBio!

By Guest | October 12, 2017 4:59 pm

By: Dr. Libby Ellwood

Each year, millions of people flock to natural history museums to see examples of plants, animals, gemstones and more from places around the world. But what those visitors *don’t* get to see are the countless additional specimens behind the scenes.

These specimen collections, housed at museums, universities, and other institutions, are an invaluable resource for understanding biodiversity around the world over long spans of time. Yet billions of these specimens lie tucked carefully away in cabinets and shelves, largely inaccessible to all but the few researchers with the means to view these collections in person. This makes the valuable data contained in and on those specimens difficult to search for, compromising their usefulness in research and education.  Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Events

From Tide-pooling to Shark Diving, Citizen Science with Ocean Sanctuaries

By Kristin Butler | October 5, 2017 10:58 am

Tiffany Poon dives with sharks. In fact, it’s one the biggest highlights of her diving year.

“As soon as the first one appears, usually in spring, I’ll be at La Jolla Cove spending as much time as possible with them,” Poon says. “Sometimes they’re shy and keep their distance, but often they’ll come by close enough for a nice photograph, and every now and then come in close to eyeball me with my strange camera.”

Poon is a citizen scientist for Ocean Sanctuaries, a nonprofit dedicated to researching and protecting sharks and other marine species. Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Living World

What’s in your water?

By Sarah Newman | October 3, 2017 8:05 am
World Water Monitoring
World Water Monitoring

Our dependency on clean water is something we all have in common.

In celebration of the Clean Water Act’s 45th anniversary (October 18), we’ve selected six citizen science opportunities to monitor the vitality of water near you.

Find more citizen science projects on SciStarter’s Project Finder.



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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Environment

Mission: Starlight Uses Space to Spark Curiosity in Chemistry

By Kristin Butler | September 26, 2017 2:11 pm

How can you protect an astronaut from getting a sunburn in space?

Kids learn how chemistry can protect astronauts at England’s National Space Center in Leicester. Credit: National Space Centre, Leicester 2

The Royal Society of Chemistry in London has designed a collection of hands-on chemistry experiments that kids can do to explore this question and discover the answer for themselves.

The project is called Mission: Starlight. It is free and includes downloadable videos, worksheets, and instructions on how to teach four different hands-on, hour-long lessons and experiments designed for elementary and secondary school students. Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Classroom, Education

Discovering our Common Humanity through Space Archaeology

By Kristin Butler | September 21, 2017 12:56 pm

Like many people, I was first introduced to the world of archaeology by Indiana Jones, that adventuresome character who lit up the big screen rescuing artifacts from villains by the skin of his teeth.

Indy was awesome and will always have a place in my heart. But while he succeeded in making archaeology seem romantic, I never understood why it was important or believed I could join the adventure until I was introduced (via the small screen) to a real life archaeologist named Sarah Parcak.

Parcak is a space archaeologist. She is one of about 200 archaeologists around the world who use satellite imagery to locate evidence of the civilizations that came before us.

Recently she launched Global XPlorera citizen science project that promises to democratize the field of archaeology while dramatically increasing the number of archaeological sites that can be found in less time. Read More

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Introducing SciStarter 2.0; built with you in mind.

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) | September 19, 2017 9:10 pm

You spoke, SciStarter listened. Check out the new SciStarter, your source for real science you can do, featuring more than 1600 current opportunities for you (yup, you!) to advance scientific research, locally or globally. Most of the awesome citizen science projects you learn about here (on this Citizen Science Salon blog and throughout the awesome website), are sourced from SciStarter, through a long-standing partnership and commitment to bring you opportunities to take action on topics you care about.

Help scientists and community leaders monitor the quality of water, air and soil near you. Learn how to report levels of light pollution, a serious issue affecting sleeping and nesting habits of wildlife (not to mention it’s the reason you probably can’t see the Milky Way!). Or help Alzheimer’s researchers analyze real brain blood flow movies and simply click an image to record when blood vessels are stalled.

With support from the National Science Foundation and others, and your feedback, SciStarter created new features for participants, projects owners, and researchers.  Your dashboard, for example, is where you can bookmark, join, or track your contributions to projects and events of interest to you, connect with scientists, find other participants, and so much more.

Fill out your profile then complete this survey to let SciStarter know what you think about the new features.

Your feedback will help them understand where to put efforts next in order to support your interests and needs in citizen science.


Want more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder!


Sweet Citizen Science for National Honey Month

By acrall | September 18, 2017 1:35 pm
Johanna James-Heinz

“For bees the flower is the fountain of life. For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.”

-Kahlil Gibran
In honor of National Honey Month we’ve highlighted a few citizen science projects you can do to help us better understand our buzzing friends the bees. From honey bees to bumble bees, there’s something for everyone.
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