Welcome to the FieldScope quarterly newsletter! You are receiving this because you may have attended a FieldScope event or signed up for an account to participate in a citizen or community science project hosted on FieldScope. In this newsletter, we aim to keep you updated on new features of the Fieldscope tool, opportunities for training, and more.
FIELDSCOPE: A YEAR IN REVIEW
It has been an exciting and engaging year for FieldScope! We’ve introduced brand new tech updates that make the platform more user-friendly and efficient and welcomed new projects to our community.

Project participants uploaded an outstanding number of observations this year, increasing our data collection usage by a full 80%. The platform was used widely by people focused on visualizing our communities’ extensive data sets in maps and graphs, with our most active months happening in spring. We are happy to share a snapshot of 2021 and look forward to the fascinating citizen and community science work that will continue to happen in 2022.
Over the years, the FieldScope team has been privileged to work with a wide range of science projects. From water quality and soil quality monitoring to observing the stars, we consider ourselves lucky to have each and every project in the FieldScope community. If we featured all of our projects, this newsletter would be phenomenal, but prohibitively long to read! So here’s a snapshot of a projects and their achievements.
LONG-STANDING PROJECT SPOTLIGHT
FrogWatch USA
With over 9,000 observations logged so far in 2021, FrogWatch USA is one of the largest projects hosted on the FieldScope platform. Participants go through training and conduct field data collection on the vocalizations of different species of frogs throughout the United States. The sheer size of the data set, accompanied by the suite of FieldScope tools, allows users to visualize and make sense of many patterns in data.
See full visualization here.
FUN FACT
Did you know that BSCS Science Learning has used used FrogWatch USA data to create two Invitations to Inquiry with FieldScope, phenomenon-based inquiries that allow students to analyze and interpret real citizen and community science data? The inquiries based on FrogWatch USA data are:

Frog Eat Frog World - Students use maps and data to explore the natural and invasive range of the American bullfrog.

Frog Symphony - Students use maps and graphs to investigate the habits of frogs and the best time of day and year to hear a full chorus of frogs.
Clark County
With FieldScope-hosted data extending back to the year 2000, the Clark County Student Watershed Monitoring Network is a treasure trove of information about water quality in the Vancouver, WA area. The data gathered by student participants, ranging in age from kindergarten to high school, helps paint a robust picture of the state of the watershed during the last two decades.

The COVID-19 pandemic did not shut down this project, either. Though data collection slowed during 2020 for obvious safety reasons, the number of 2021 observations has climbed to nearly double that amount, almost back up to participation levels seen in 2019.
See full visualization here.
FUN FACT
The Clark County Student Watershed Monitoring project has a structured August - May/June plan for all classrooms that would like to sign up for student water quality monitoring. If you know educators in the Vancouver, WA area, point them here for further details. 
NEW PROJECT SPOTLIGHTS
In addition to the long-standing projects that use the FieldScope platform for data collection, storage, and visualization, several new projects have joined us in 2021. As always, we are happy to welcome new science projects to the FieldScope community and this year, we would like to highlight two of these newcomers.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
With six projects, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park program onboarded to FieldScope with an existent suite of data sets that are rich and intriguing, whether you are interested in terrestrial invertebrates or salamanders. The FieldScope data collection form will be used for these projects moving forward and we are excited to see what new contributions will be made. Check out the six projects when you have a chance: Lichen Monitoring, Ozone Biomonitoring, Salamander Monitoring, Snail Monitoring, and the Terrestrial Invertebrate Study.
Water Insights
Committed to water sustainability, WaterInsights is a multiple award-winning science project. Initially created by 16-year-old Sahithi Pingali from India to help international communities collect local water quality data, participants can order low-cost kits directly from WaterInsights and contribute data from locations all over the world. Supports are in place for educators and classroom kits and materials are also available. In 2021, the project team decided to try out FieldScope as a new platform for making the data available so that anyone--whether a WaterInsights contributor or not--could visualize and analyze it in multiple ways. In 2022, the team will be fully moving WaterInsights into the FieldScope platform!
BECOMING FIELDSCOPE SAVVY
To help our users successfully navigate and use the FieldScope platform, the team has also launched a Help Center. Here, you can discover ways to:

Additionally, there is a community forum where users can discuss questions. Alternatively, you can submit a direct request to the FieldScope team via our troubleshooting form.

You can also view webinars from this past Fall to learn more:
FIELDSCOPE PARTICIPANT SURVEY
We’re always looking to improve the FieldScope platform to support science and learning! We invite you to take this short survey about your experience with FieldScope. We believe that your valuable input will help us continue to improve the FieldScope user experience for everyone. As a thank you for your assistance, inside the survey you can enter a giveaway for a chance to win free gear from the BSCS Science Learning online store.