Spring is the Season for Citizen Science

Photo: NPS
Photo: NPS

Here are six projects in need of your help as you walk the dog, work in your garden, clean the gutters, or do spring cleaning.

And check out these  new citizen science projects just added to the Project Finder on SciStarter.


iSeeChange has the charm of an old-fashioned almanac, partnered with user-generated content and the social networking of our modern world. It’s where you can share observations about your environment to monitor change and compare notes with neighbors.

budburstProject BudBurst

When do the trees in your backyard leaf out? When do the wildflowers bloom? Are they earlier or later than last year? Project BudBurst needs volunteers across the United States to study phenology changes over time.

mlmpMonarch Larva Monitoring Project

The monarch butterfly population has declined drastically in the past decade and more people are needed to help study how monarchs vary in space and time. Monitor monarch eggs and larvae anywhere there is milkweed!
Get Started!

naturesnotebookNature’s Notebook

As climate change affects flora and fauna across the United States, citizen scientists are needed to study its impacts. You can choose from hundreds of plants and animals to observe and you can join regional campaigns focused on issues in your area.
Get Started!

snapshotsSnapshots in Time

Do you have wood frogs or spotted salamanders in your area? You‘ll learn soon enough if you participate in this project! Share your observations and help efforts to conserve these adorable amphibians.

naturescalendarNature’s Calendar Survey

Is your garden blooming in the U.K.? Did you see the first migratory bird of the season? Whether it’s in your backyard, local park, or farm field, scientists want to know what you‘re seeing and when.

Meet the SciStarter team at theAtlanta Science Festival 3/21-28!

Our next #CitSciChat on Twitter is Wednesday March 25th at 2-3pm ET,  moderated by Caren Cooper @CoopSciScoop and presented by @SciStarter.

If you‘d like your citizen science project featured on SciStarter, email Jenna@scistarter.com.

Contact the SciStarter Team

Email: info@scistarter.com
Website: http://scistarter.com

Photo Credits: iSeeChange (iSeeChange), Dennis Ward (Project BudBurst), Carrie Benham (Monarch Lava Monitoring), Brian Forbes Powell (Nature’s Notebook), Peter Oxford (Snapshots in Time), USFWS (Nature’s Calendar Survey)

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

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About the Author

Eva Lewandowski

Eva Lewandowski

Eva Lewandowski is the Citizen-based Monitoring Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where she coordinates a statewide citizen science network. She has a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota and is an active volunteer.