Here are links to three amazing citizen science projects that are ongoing and exciting. They give you the chance to do real research with scientists who have more data than they can handle. Check out other citizen science projects highlighted this week.
- With Beluga Bits (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/stephenresearch/beluga-bits), you can help researchers count whales visiting a sanctuary. You can spot individual whales, look for family groups, and generally help biologists understand beluga migration while looking at photos of adorable whales! (Note for families, this project does involve looking for whales’ sexes based on visible organs).
- Globe at Night encourages participants to measure light pollution in your own backyard this summer. Go outside after sunset before the moon rises and measure cloud cover and night sky brightness: https://www.globeatnight.org/6-steps.php.
- Budburst is a collection of plant-related activities supported by the Chicago Botanic Gardens:https://budburst.org/. Help identify the effect of climate change on plants, document interactions of monarch butterflies with plants, and compare the pollination of cultivated native plants (nativars) to their wild relatives.