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Citizen Science at the Beach

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While you're strolling along the beach this summer, consider sharing some of your keen observations with marine ecologists. Below, we've highlighted six beach-related citizen science projects to monitor the health of marine habitats. There is even one you can do while couch-surfing (see what we did there?). Find more projects and events on SciStarter, to do now or bookmark for later.

Cheers!

The SciStarter Team

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JellyWatch

JellyWatch

Have you seen a jellyfish at your favorite beach yet? Jellywatch is a global public database documenting jellyfish but also red tides, squid and mammal strandings, and other indicators of ocean health. It's simple to share your beach observations with this open database.

Location: Any coastal beach

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E. Demers

British Columbia Beached Bird Survey

Surveying bird mortality is a helpful measure of marine ecology health. If you spot a dead bird along the beach, send in your observation to these researchers.

Location: British Columbia, Canada

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Maui Coastal Marine Debris Monitoring

Maui Coastal Marine Debris Monitoring

Help quantify and remove debris from Maui's coastline. Contact project organizer Pacific Whale Foundation to get supplies before heading out. This project also works with schools to support conservation education.

Location: Maui, HI 

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Big Seaweed Search

Monitor environmental changes along the coastlines of the United Kingdom. These observations help track the distribution of native plants and the occurrence of invasive species.

Location: United Kingdom

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Orcasound

Help protect the habitat of the endangered Pacific Northwest orca. Listen in real time to underwater sounds and record when you hear orca sounds or threatening man-made sounds.

Location: Online

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Susan Hicks

Grunion Greeters

This project reports on the behavior of grunions, silvery fish that come ashore to spawn. Grunion runs occur about this time each year. If you missed the run, you can use SciStarter's Bookmark feature to be reminded of this project next season.

Location: California, USA 

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Want more citizen science? Discover more citizen science for this summer on the SciStarter Calendar. Also, check out SciStarter's Project Finder! With 1100+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there's something for everyone!

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