Summer is a busy time for many participatory science projects, and it is for the FieldScope team, as well! We’ve got some exciting new technology updates to share, including a new feature to allow participants to add data to a FieldScope project while disconnected from cell or Wi-Fi. And there are new projects and partnerships we want you to know about!
A new feature we call the FieldScope offline mode allows you to enter data to a FieldScope project on any device when you are in an environment with no cell or Wi-Fi signal, and then to synch and upload those data once you’re reconnected again. This is all accomplished on the browser on your phone, tablet, or laptop and does not require downloading a special app.

Learn more about offline mode and how you can use it, including steps to take before you head outside and then once you’re back reconnected.
Journey North data sets are now available on FieldScope!
Since 1994, Journey North has worked to inspire people from across North America to help track wildlife migration and seasonal change to foster scientific understanding and environmental awareness. Earlier this year, program staff at Journey North worked with the FieldScope team to bring data on milkweed, monarch, and hummingbird tracking and monitoring into a newly launched FieldScope project. Data are available from 1994 to 2020.

Click here to check out this visualization of monarch fall roosting data contributed by Journey North participants with background information and inquiry questions included.


BSCS is pleased to announce a major new collaboration with the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) at Berkeley. Jessica Bean, Project Scientist at UCMP, will be leading a new initiative to broaden the reach of FieldScope. As part of this collaboration, Jessica will be overseeing outreach and recruiting for FieldScope. In this capacity, she will work to increase the number of projects that are collecting data in FieldScope or make their existing data sets available through FieldScope. She will also support FieldScope projects in their efforts to recruit and retain participants. 

Jessica said, “I am thrilled to partner with FieldScope and bring my skills as an interdisciplinary scientist and my experiences in K-16 education to support the next stages of project development.” She is particularly interested in collaborating with community-driven projects to co-design new teaching and learning resources. 

About Jessica Bean. Jessica is the leader of the Understanding Global Change Project, designing tools for learning about Earth as a dynamic, interconnected system. She partners with K-12 educators to develop and implement new instructional units, professional development programs, and online tools for learning about the nature and process of science and climate change. As a research scientist, she studies the effects of climate and environmental change on marine invertebrates along the California coast. Previously, she taught college and graduate-level biology and Earth science courses and ran an NSF Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education Program at the University of California, Davis, where she received her PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences.
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

The FieldScope team released a new suite of updates to the platform in early March 2022, intended to enhance your experience in working with FieldScope. Read this article in the FieldScope community forum to learn about some of these new changes:
  • Adding Hyperlinks to Data Story Descriptions
  • Enhancements to Embeddable Data Stories 
  • Updating Your User Profile 

You can also view webinars hosted in fall 2021 to learn more: