Five Ways to Honor Mother (Nature)

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Calling Mother Nature
Let’s show our appreciation for all the moms out there, including Mother Nature. Here are five ways to get started in projects that need your help.

Pictured: SciStarter Founder, Darlene, and her mom, Faith

Choose your mom’s favorite flower to observe near you and report when its buds are blooming. Phenology scientists (who study seasonal changes in nature) are standing by!

This video features the scientists, their research goals, and how you can help.

Location: North America

Photo credit: Budburst

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Give mom the blessed silence she craves with the free Silent Earth app. Learn how to find and map quiet places around the world to help NASA populate a noise map.

Location: Global

Photo credit: Silent Earth

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How about all the other moms in the animal kingdom, like the ant colony queens who are slaving away, day in and day out? With Ant Picnic, you’ll make a simple meal fit for a queen! Then, observe which ingredients ants prefer.

Your data will help scientists understand food preferences of ants.

Location: Global

Photo credit: Leona2013 from Pixabay

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Hop online with mom to trace galaxies. Astronomers need your help to annotate online images to understand the curvature of galaxies. Your input can help identify future areas for detailed telescope observations.

This video features the scientists, explains their research goals, and describes how you can get involved.

Location: Online

Photo credit: NASA

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CNN spotlighted Science of Sourdough from the Public Science Lab. Capture wild microbes and turn them into bread – for mom and for science!

To make your own sourdough starter, all you need is flour, water, and a little bit of time.

Photo credit: Lauren Nichols

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Learn to identify pollinators while coloring. Then, participate in The Great Sunflower project using any flowering plant near you…maybe mom will hang your artwork on her refrigerator!

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THANK YOU! Despite facing unprecedented challenges, so many of you came together to make Citizen Science Month 2020 (April) a huge success.

We will share detailed outcomes once we wrap up evaluations but here are two quick stats:

  • 377% more people joined projects on SciStarter over the same time frame last year (April).
  • 150+ Citizen Science Month online events took place. View recordings on the new citizen science videos page.

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Bob Hirshon

Bob Hirshon

Bob Hirshon, President, Springtail Media LLC Bob Hirshon heads up Springtail Media, specializing in science media and digital entertainment. He is the co-Principle Investigator for the NSF-supported National Park Science Challenge, an augmented reality adventure that takes place in National Parks. Hirshon headed up the Kinetic City family of science projects, including the Peabody Award winning children’s radio drama Kinetic City Super Crew, McGraw-Hill book series and Codie Award winning website and education program. Hirshon can be heard on XM/Sirius Radio’s Kids Place Live as “Bob the Science Slob,” sharing science news and answering children’s questions.