Frightfully Delightful Citizen Science for Halloween!

It’s time for ghouls and goblins, candy and costumes, AND citizen science! Here are six creep crawly projects to spice up your Halloween festivities. Find 1,000 more! Happy Halloween, The SciStarter Team   Photo: NASA Send Us Your Skeletons This project needs skeletons, but don’t worry- they don’t want human ones! The Department of Fisheries … Read more “Frightfully Delightful Citizen Science for Halloween!”

Categories: Animals, Citizen Science, Insects, Newsletter

Dragonfly Watch – Find Those Fast and Furious Insects!

“I’m an aquatic entomologist, and dragonflies and damselflies are the most colorful and noticeable insects in the habitats in which I work,” says Dr. Celeste A. Searles Mazzacano, a staff scientist and Aquatic Conservation Director at the Xerces Society. In her role as the project coordinator for the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, she continues to add … Read more “Dragonfly Watch – Find Those Fast and Furious Insects!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Insects, Nature & Outdoors

Like Bugs? Here Are Six Citizen Science Projects for You!

Many of us are fascinated by insects. They creep, they crawl, they fly, and they’re everywhere!  Good thing, because we need them. Here are six insect projects you can do in your backyard, your neighborhood, at school (or in Costa Rica!). Check out the SciStarter blog for updates on your favorite projects and find new projects … Read more “Like Bugs? Here Are Six Citizen Science Projects for You!”

Categories: Biology, Ecology & Environment, Insects

What is killing California’s trees, and what can you do about it?

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the author’s blog. Project SCARAB is one of more than 800 great citizen science projects on SciStarter. Use our project finder to find one that you can participate in! The great thing about living in a major port city such as Los Angeles is having access to ideas and … Read more “What is killing California’s trees, and what can you do about it?”

Categories: Apps, Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Insects

Citizen Science in the Rocky Mountains – Celebrate Halloween with the Colorado Spider Survey

Love Creepy Crawlies? Check out our Halloween Picks! Editors Note: This post was written by Aditi Joshi, a freelance science writer and a new contributor at SciStarter As a kid, I avoided houses that had spider decorations during Halloween. Even today, I find spiders scary. Spiders add an extra ounce of spookiness to Halloween.  Spiders … Read more “Citizen Science in the Rocky Mountains – Celebrate Halloween with the Colorado Spider Survey”

Categories: Citizen Science, Insects, Nature & Outdoors

Citizen Science in The Classroom: Monarch Migration

Editor’s Note: This post has been republished and shared in celebration of SciStarter’s Back To School campaign where you will find 10 citizen science projects aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.   Using Journey North’s Monarch Project to Meet Common Core and Next Generation Teaching Standards Citizen Science and Monarch Migration as a Teaching Tool … Read more “Citizen Science in The Classroom: Monarch Migration”

Categories: Animals, Citizen Science, EarthSchool, Ecology & Environment, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Science Education Standards

Citizen Science in the Classroom: Monitoring Dragonflies

Using Pond Watch citizen science project, monitoring dragonflies, in the classroom to meet Next Generation Science Standards and other teaching standards. … Read more

Categories: Analyzing and interpreting data, Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering), Citizen Science, Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering), Developing and using models, Engaging in argument from evidence, Insects, Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information, Planning and carrying out investigations, Science Education Standards, Science Practices, Using mathematics and computational thinking

Is our thirst for energy killing the ecology of the Grand Canyon?

A new citizen science project invites volunteers to help study insect diversity in the Grand Canyon. Every night when she’s on the water, Gibney Siemion, a river expedition guide in the Grand Canyon, crouches at the edge of the Colorado River right on the line where the sand turns from wet to dry. Her equipment … Read more “Is our thirst for energy killing the ecology of the Grand Canyon?”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water, Science Policy

Waiting for a butterfly to flutter by with the Los Angeles Butterfly Survey

Live in Los Angeles county? Photograph butterflies and moths, and help scientists study climate change. Interested in more moth and butterfly citizen science projects?  We’ve got you covered! “Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one…” [2] In the heat of summer monsoons, butterflies accompany the paddling … Read more “Waiting for a butterfly to flutter by with the Los Angeles Butterfly Survey”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Insects, Nature & Outdoors

UK’s Big Butterfly Count is on!

Count butterflies to find out about the state of nature. Interested in butterfly citizen science projects? We’ve got you covered! From next Saturday 19 July until Sunday 10 August 2014, the Big Butterfly Count will take place in the UK. This citizen science project is organized by Butterfly Conservation UK and can boast being the … Read more “UK’s Big Butterfly Count is on!”

Categories: Animals, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Insects