Citizen Science is for Lovers

Like a tardigrade, our love for citizen science will never die.

Help unravel mysteries of the heart, mind and universe with citizen science this Valentine’s Day.

The SciStarter Team

Love comes from the brain, not the heart. Pay your respects to the one true Cupid with the Neureka Project. Games and questionnaires track mental wellness symptoms, from dementia to depression. It’s a way to advance research while also showing some love to your brain.

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Enjoy a romantic evening under the heavens with Star Count, an annual effort that tracks the effect light pollution has on our views of the night sky. Simply tally how many stars you see in the constellation Orion. This year’s Star Count runs from February 6 to 14.

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With or without the bouquet of roses and take your partner outside in search of the beauty of nature. Nature’s Notebook asks citizen scientists to observe one or more species in their yard or near to their house, then send in data using an app or online form.

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The world doesn’t need any more heart-shaped candies, but it does need more heart data. By enrolling in the Health eHeart Study, you can help scientists learn to predict the health factors and behaviors that lead to heart disease.

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Love IS for the birds, as they say. Join the Great Backyard Bird Count today through February 15 to count birds you see near you. Help form a real-time snapshot of where birds are …and where they aren’t. Data is used by ornithologists, biologists, earth scientists, citizen scientists and others.

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April 2021 is Global Citizen Science Month, presented by SciStarter, the National Library of Medicine, Arizona State University, the Citizen Science Association and many other partners.

Librarians, teachers, museum professionals, and project leaders: Find free resources and support to help plan and promote a Citizen Science Month event in April! Read our new welcome letter to get started.

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February 15 – April 26

Learn how you can turn your curiosity about the world into impact with “Make it Count Monday,” the weekly livestream show from SciStarter and North Carolina State University about citizen science. This Monday, at 7 PM ET, we’ll learn how to measure the curvature of spiral arms in galaxies with the leader of the Spiral Graph Project.

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February 18 at 6 PM ET

Next week’s event is all focused on Eterna…all about RNA-based medicines and how you can build them by solving puzzles!

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February 20 at 12 PM ET

Learn more about the Miami Flooding Initiative and how you can take action with ISeeChange to document what you see in your community.

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New on the Blogs

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida’s Model for Staying Virtually Connected to Citizen Science via the SciStarter Blog

City Squirrels Look Different. Is Evolution Driving a Color Change? via Discover Magazine

Citizen Scientists Discover Dozens of ‘Failed Stars’ Near Earth
via Astronomy Magazine

More from SciStarter

Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

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SciStarter Team

SciStarter connects you to thousands of searchable citizen science projects in need of your help. Use the Project Finder ( to find a project to match your location, interests, and age level. Your free SciStarter account will help you earn credit for participating in projects across apps and websites (use the advanced search option at to find Affiliate projects eligible for credit in your dashboard). Together, we can move the world forward!