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12 Days of Christmas: Citizen Science Edition!

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12 Days of Christmas

We're back with our annual list of 12 merry projects!

Cheers to you for all you do for science!

2015 is already shaping up to be the Year of the Citizen Scientist. Hold onto your (santa) hats!

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1st Day of Christmas, the American Chestnut Foundation gave to me:

A partridge in a chestnut tree. Leaf and twig sampling helps identify and map chestnut trees throughout the eastern United States. Get started!

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2nd day of Christmas, Audubon gave to me:

Two turtle doves spotted during the Christmas Bird Count, the world's longest running citizen science project, which takes place now through January 5. Get started!

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3rd day of Christmas, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center gave to me:

Three Chinese mitten hens (female crabs) on the east coast. Mitten Crab Watch needs our help to determine the current distribution status of the mitten crab. Get started!

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Mark Dumont (CC BY 2.0)

4th day of Christmas, University of TN gave to me:

Four or more calling dogs, wolves and other canids! Listen and analyze the canid howls and investigate the role of these sounds.Get started!

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5th day of Christmas, Precipitation ID Near the Ground gave to me:

Five gold PINGs! This winter, you can track snow, rain, and hail near you for the National Severe Storms Laboratory.Get started!

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6th day of Christmas, Seattle Audubon Society gave to me:

A chance to help seabird researchers create a snapshot of geese density on more than three square miles of near-shore saltwater habitat.Get started!

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7th day of Christmas, the University of Melbourne gave to me:

The MySwan project to report sightings of tagged black swans around the world. After you submit your sighting, you'll get an instant report about the swan, with information about its history and recent movements. Get started!

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8th day of Christmas, Zooniverse gave to me:

The Milky Way Project, a chance to help scientists study our galaxy, as well as the Milky Way advent calendar and even Milky Way tree ornaments! Get started!

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9th day of Christmas, Science Cheerleaders gave to me: 

Ladies dancing, cheering and leading citizen science! The

Science Cheerleaders are coPIs on Project MERCCURI, a study on microbes in space and on Earth. Read about the preliminary results on DiscoverMagazine.com or listen to today's update on NPR's WHYY!

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10th day of Christmas, the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program gave to me:

10 frogs-a-leaping as citizen scientists monitor their populations across the continent. Get started!

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11th day of Christmas, the University of Washington gave to me:

SingAboutScience, a searchable database where you can find content-rich songs on specific scientific and mathematical topics. These singers sure have pipes! Get started!

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12th day of Christmas, NY Department of Environmental Conservation gave to me:

The Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey to help hunters survey populations of ruffed grouse in breeding season. Get started!

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