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Photo: Eva Lewandowski Amphibians and reptiles, also known asherptiles or herps, are the focus of many citizen science projects. If you like frogs, turtles, and salamanders, just to name a few, join one of the projects below to help us better understand the distribution and population status of these wonderful creatures! Check out the SciStarter blog for updates on your favorite projects and find new projects in our Project Finder! Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Photo: Nick Berry RASCals The Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California project studies both native and non-native species. If you're in southern California, take picture or sound recording of a frog, lizard, or any other herp and submit it online! Read more about the project on the SciStarter blog. Get Started!

Photo: Eva Lewandowski FrogWatch USA  Many frogs can be identified by their calls; FrogWatch USA teaches citizen scientists to identify frogs in their area and report their presence online. The data are then made accessible to anyone who is interested! Get Started!

Photo: Reese & Will Bernstein GeckoWatch Non-native geckos are expanding throughout the south and southwest of the United States. Help scientists better understand invasion biology and the expansion of these species by reporting gecko sightings online. Get Started!

Photo: Eva Lewandowski Michigan Herp Atlas  In order to track changes in Michigan's herp populations over times, volunteers are needed to record their reptiles and amphibian sightings. Current and past observations are accepted, and reports from seldom monitored parts of the state are especially encouraged. Get Started!

Photo: USFWS Salamander Crossing Brigades Throughout New Hampshire, salamanders travel to small ponds each spring to breed. Many have to cross dangerous roads to make it to the breeding sites. Citizen scientists help the amphibians safely cross roads while recording information on the species and abundance of animals. Read more about the project on the SciStarter blog. Get Started!

Announcements NASA and SciStarter are enlisting citizen scientists for nationwide research that examines soil moisture conditions and water availability. Sign up by August 8 to learn more! The Chesapeake Bay Parasite Project needs citizen scientists to participate in a native crab surveyAugust 7-9 and 14-16. Our pals at Science Cheerleader just published a free eBook on iTunes. The Science of Cheerleading explains basic physics and engineering concepts AND connects America's 3 million cheerleaders to citizen science! Contact the SciStarter Team Email: info@scistarter.com Website: http://scistarter.com

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