Getting Involved with Community Science

Recommended websites are available at the time of our posting, and postings may change over time.  We hope they’ll lead you to new experiences that share your interests in the out-of doors.

 

Bumblebee Watch
Add your records and photos to North American records. Experts will help identify bees.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Celebrate Urban Birds feature a “CUBs” Data Study Kit for kids and ID guide
eBird is a way of sharing bird observations. After students are trained in basic skills for identifying birds, their class can participate in a class eBird account.
Birdsleuth Explorer’s Guidebook: A kid’s guide to bird ID and bird counting, with journal pages for counting and observations.

Dragonfly Pond Watch (Xerces Society)
Tracks dragonflies in ponds, including when they emerge and how they behave.

Hummingbirds at home (Audubon Society)
Add your observations to national hummingbird maps.

iNaturalist
Share information about the diversity of biological organisms everywhere. Post a project to pool information together by team members.

City Nature Challenge (Encyclopedia of Life) uses iNaturalist posting.
Join this bioblitz-style international effort to find and record plants and wildlife in cities across the globe.

Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper (Xerces Society)
Submit photos of any stage of monarchs and milkweeds.

National Geographic
Resource Library: Finding Urban Nature has several ideas outdoor adventures and for community participation including conducting a bioblitz and finding bird cams.

SciStarter
Helps you find a citizen science project depending on what activity or topic interests you. There are lots of possibilities out there.