Citizen Science Does Grow on Trees!

Trees provide us with oxygen, shade, and that calming rustle on an evening hike. Now, they’re also providing the opportunity to do some citizen science! Here is our round-up of tree-related citizen science projects that you can go out on a limb to participate in!

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Treezilla is a mapping project based in Great Britain that challenges citizen scientists to map every tree in Britain. Get started!




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OPAL Air Survey
Help scientists learn more about air quality throughout England by recording lichens on trees and looking for tar spot fungus on sycamore leaves. Get started!



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This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help you identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. Get started!



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Redwood Watch
Take photographs of redwood trees and submit them to researchers. Your data will help researchers understand where redwoods survive and help track redwood forest migration over time. Get started!



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PhillyTreeMap uses the iTree software from the USDA Forest Service to calculate the environmental impact of the region’s urban forest. Get started!



Join the SciStarter team and scientists who are also Washington Redskins Cheerleaders at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on Saturday 9/14 and get involved in our research project, Project MERCCURI!

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Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors