‘Tis the Season! 12 Days of Christmas with Citizen Science

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12 Days of Christmas
The holiday season is upon us! In the spirit of the season, we’ve put together another edition of our ever popular annual 12 Days of Christmas Newsletter.

The SciStarter Team

On the 1st Day of Christmas, Treezilla gave to me:
A measuring tape around a pear tree, as I measured and mapped the trees of Great Britain. Get started!

On the 2nd Day of Christmas, iSTOR gave to me:
Two reports of sea turtles, from citizen scientist observers worldwide. Get started!

Photo: Les Herbonautes
On the 3rd Day of Christmas, Les Herbonautes gave to me:
Three French herbarium records to transcribe and turn into digital content. Get started!

On the 4th Day of Christmas, Precipitation ID Near the Ground (PING) gave to me:
Four falling snowflakes when I made precipitation observations in my backyard. Get started!

Photo: NASA_Ames_JPL-Caltech
On the 5th Day of Christmas, Planet Hunters gave to me:
Graphs of light as bright as 5 gold rings as I analyzed light patterns from far away stars to look for the presence of planets. Get started!  

Photo: USFWS
On the 6th Day of Christmas, the Puget Sound Shorebird Survey gave to me:
Records of 6 geese a-feeding as they overwintered in Washington. Get started!  

On the 7th Day of Christmas, Trumpeter Swan Watch gave to me:
Seven swans a-swimming while I looked for new wintering sites for these majestic birds. Get started!

On the 8th Day of Christmas, Nappy Science Gang gave to me:
Observations from 8 moms and dads a-milking and a-washing as they used cloth diapers for their babies. Get started! 

Photo: Mengfan Wang


On the 9th Day of Christmas, Sing About Science gave to me:
Nine scientists dancing to the greatest science tunes found in their database. Get started!

Photo: Eva Lewandowski


On the 10th Day of Christmas, iNaturalist gave to me:
Pictures of 10 frogs a-leaping, when I searched their website for amphibian records near me. Get started!

On the 11th Day of Christmas, Fresh Water Watch gave to me:
Information about the quality of the water going into our pipes a-piping. Get started!

On the 12th Day of Christmas, Noise Tube gave to me:
An app to measure the noise made by 12 drummers drumming. Get started!  

There’s still time to sign up for the 116th Christmas Bird Count! Learn more.

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About the Author

Arvind Suresh

Arvind Suresh

Arvind Suresh is science communicator and a former laboratory biologist, he has a Master’s degree in Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys reading, teaching, talking and writing science. Connect with him on Twitter @suresh_arvind.