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Is Rainwater Safe to Drink? Runoff Collected by Volunteers Offers Clues

A citizen science project called Off the Roof tested rainwater runoff collected by volunteers. They found that rainwater can be easily treated, but does often have contaminants similar to what’s found in streams and rivers. This blog first appeared in the Citizen Science Salon, a partnership between Discover and SciStarter.org, on 2 Oct 2020. It

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How Citizen Science Paved the Way for This Student’s Career

When Brian Fauver set foot on the Colorado State University campus as a new graduate student in 2013, he never expected he’d coauthor a paper in the journal Nature three years later. His research journey began typically enough but the work that led to that Nature publication gave Brian “an expanded worldview of what science

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How to Add Locations for Predefined Sampling Sites to an EXISTING Datasheet

Rotary H2O Citizen Scientists. Photos: Raigne Burgoyne

Monitoring the same location over a period of days, months, or years is a great way to track change over time for organisms, land use and more. And it’s part of the protocols for many citizen science research projects. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for how to add locations for predefined sampling sites to an existing

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How to Add Locations for Predefined Sampling Sites to a NEW Datasheet

Noting GPS Coordinates of the wildlife groups. Photo: Sabrina Szeto.

Monitoring the same location over a period of days, months, or years is a great way to track change over time for organisms, land use and more. And it’s part of the protocols for many citizen science research projects. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for how to add locations for predefined sampling sites to a new

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How to Create Your Citizen Science Project on Citsci.org in 5 Easy Steps

Welcome to CitSci.org. We’re glad you’ve decided to start a new project. If you’re not sure where to start or want some tips, then you’re in the right place. In this tutorial, we explain step by step how to create a project and start navigating the tools we offer.  Do I need an account? Yes!

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Building Your Citizen Science Community

Cover Photo: Rios Saludables de Osa, Costa Rica You or your organization have decided to get involved in citizen science. Great! But where do you begin? Should you start by creating a brand new project around an idea your boss mentioned? Should you join an existing project and add to their data collection efforts? How

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Results-based Citizen Science

Citizen science starts with an idea All citizen science and community science projects begin as ideas. Perhaps you work for a city and are interested in how local greenspaces support pollinators. Or maybe you’re a researcher trying to understand how invasive plants spread. Or you’re a member of your community concerned about how activities affect

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Shale Gas Development leads to Trout Unlimited Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring Projects

What do you do when a new industry or development comes to your community with the potential to shake-up natural resources? When the shale and natural gas boom came to Pennsylvania in 2010, many communities throughout the state were confronted with that very question. Large developments sprung up in areas historically spared from energy development,

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Training Materials Needed

Calling all project managers – we need your training materials! Do you ever wonder how your training materials and approaches influence data quality? You work hard to develop training materials and offer in-person trainings for your volunteers, yet the scholarly literature suggests that, despite your best efforts, land managers and scientists may still question the

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