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Citizen Science is Blooming... Make Discoveries Where You Live (Courtesy Earth Gauge and National Environmental Education Foundation) Citizen Science is Blooming... Make Discoveries Where You Live (Courtesy Earth Gauge and National Environmental Education Foundation)

Good morning and happy Friday!

Say... are you Looking for a new project?

Well... fall is a great time to join a citizen science program... where you can share your own observations about nature with scientists. Citizen science volunteers can collect far more data than science researchers can alone... playing an important role in scientific discovery!

Make discoveries where you live! Here are just a few projects courtesy of Earth Gauge you can participate in as a citizen scientist:

  • Monitor Weather: Every drop counts! Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) volunteers learn how to measure precipitation using a rain gauge and hail pad, record their data and report their measurements online. Data collected by volunteers complements observations made by the National Weather Service and is used by local meteorologists, researchers, emergency managers, farmers, outdoor enthusiasts, teachers and others. Sign up to become a volunteer observer with CoCoRaHS at www.cocorahs.org.

 

  • Monitor Water Quality: How healthy is your local stream or lake? World Water Monitoring Challenge volunteers measure key water quality indicators by using a simple test kit to measure water temperature, acidity (pH), clarity and dissolved oxygen levels. All of these indicators can impact aquatic wildlife – high water temperatures or extremely acidic water can make it hard form some fish, insects and plants to survive. Clear water with ample dissolved oxygen will support a wide variety of plants and animals. The official World Water Monitoring Day is observed on September 18 each year, but you can monitor and report your findings throughout the year. Learn more, register a site and get a test kit at www.worldwatermonitoringday.org.

 

  • Monitor Monarch Butterflies: Monarch numbers are down this year for a number of reasons – including the summer 2012 drought, low winter population numbers and chilly spring temperatures. Contribute your observations to help scientists track the butterflies and learn how weather and environmental conditions impact migration. www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/.

 

  • Share Your Nature Photos: Document local wildlife by uploading photos via mobile phone or tablet. Not sure what that plant or animal is? Don't worry – Project Noah's global community can help I.D. your spottings, which in turn help scientists uncover and track wildlife populations. www.projectnoah.org

 

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