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    November 2017  


With the current administration cutting budgets for science, the need for accurate scientific data has never been greater. You can help by becoming a citizen scientist—and you don’t need a Ph.D. to make a difference. Technological advances mean that from behind your computer, in your neighborhood or you on a trail, you can now count, measure, analyze, identify—and share. Here’s how:

Monitor butterfly migration: Monarch butterfly populations are in steep decline. Help scientists collect data by tracking and tagging them along their migration route from North American to Mexico.
When? Mid-August to November
Where? The lower 48 states
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Monitor mountain birds: The woodland hills of New England are magical on early spring mornings. Help Mountain Birdwatch and identify mountain breeding birds by learning their songs with the help of a training CD.
When? June mornings
Where? Specific trails in the mountains of New England
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Save the redwoods: Use your smartphone to report the plants and animals spotted among the Californian redwoods. The information helps scientists better understand species distribution and predict where future redwoods will thrive.
When? Year-round
Where? Redwood forests on the California coast
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Test your local waterways: residents of over 140 countries are testing water quality n their local streams, rivers and lakes for EarthEcho Water Challenge. Order testing kits and share your findings online.
When? March 22 to December 31
Where? Local water bodies
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Observe growing plants: Project BudBurst needs you to collect data on the timings of the leafing, flowering and fruiting of plants. Scientists use the data to track how plants respond to climate change.
When? Year-round
Where? Countrywide
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Record historical weather data: Computers can’t read the spidery handwriting in 19th and 20th century ships’ logs, but you can. Help transcribe information on historic weather patterns and sea ice conditions to aid scentists with climate modeling.
When? Anytime
Where? Fom your computer
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Track humpback whales: Boaters can help gather information about the population, health and movements of humpack whales by photographing their distinctive trails, which are then matched to those in a registry.
When? Year-round, depending on location
Where? Beteen the North Atlantic and the Caribbean
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Green Living, Become a citizen scientist, Solutions, Vol. 48, No. 4, Fall 2017, p. 18

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