Category: Project Spotlight

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 to Get a Better Picture of Mountain Goats with Community Science

With the help of the larger U.S.-Canada community, a team of scientists has sought to understand how an alpine mammal sheds its winter coat. Cover Image: A camera trap on loan to Dr. Kate Nowak from WCS Canada captures a billy mountain goat at Pooly Canyon, Yukon, Canada What do goat hair, climate change, and

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Citizen Science meets Livelihoods: Co-producing knowledge in Wyoming cattle country

Weighing cattle with the Thunder Basin Grassland Prairie Ecosystem Association team.

I first met Monte early one morning in the sun-bleached heat of mid-summer, 2018. Monte’s family owns a ranch in Thunder Basin- a huge expanse of rangeland and prairie grassland in north central and northeastern Wyoming where there are more pronghorn and cows than people. Monte and his family have been stewards of these large

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Earth Challenge 2020: A Global Citizen Science Experience for Good

Earth Day looks a little different this year, but Earth Challenge 2020 is making sure nobody misses out on the action In a day and age where it feels that everything is changing too fast to keep up, and the uncertainty of life’s circumstances can be overwhelming, it’s easy to question what you can accomplish,

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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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The Visible Impact of Citizen Science

Scientific publication is an important milestone for many citizen science projects, that can sometimes feel elusive. But, with a little front-end planning and guidance, it can be done. A paper by the American Trout Lily Project, hosted on CitSci.org, was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Ecology! Their paper and their process for becoming published provides an

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BioBlitz Inspires Inclusion of Citizen Science in Pollinator Research

A BioBlitz is a rapid species inventory that generally occurs over a 24 hour period with scientists and citizen scientists counting as many species as they can over this time in a given place. The goal of BioBlitz programs is to get the public excited about the science opportunities within their own backyard while at

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Stream Tracker

What is Stream Tracker? As spotlighted in our March Newsletter, Stream Tracker is a citizen science project funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program. It is run out of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Stream Tracker studies intermittent streams – i.e., streams

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The Front Range Pika Project – Emerging Science – Part 2

Hundreds of projects all over the world use the CitSci.org platform to build and grow their citizen science projects. Citizen science is the process of engaging the public in science research. Citizen science projects most commonly form around scientific questions that cannot be answered by scientists alone. In our Project Spotlight series, you’ll meet the

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The Front Range Pika Project – Why Pikas? – Part 1

Hundreds of projects all over the world use the CitSci.org platform to build and grow their citizen science projects. Citizen science is the process of engaging the public in science research. Citizen science projects most commonly form around scientific questions that cannot be answered by scientists alone. In our Project Spotlight series, you’ll meet the

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