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Frightfully Delightful Citizen Science for Halloween!

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By Arvind Suresh (Editor)
Oct 31, 2015 1:22 AMNov 20, 2019 5:26 AM


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It's time for ghouls and goblins, candy and costumes, AND citizen science! Here are six creep crawly projects to spice up your Halloween festivities.

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Happy Halloween,

The SciStarter Team

Photo: NASA

Send Us Your Skeletons

This project needs skeletons, but don't worry- they don't want human ones! The Department of Fisheries in Western Australia needs fishers from that region to send them their fish skeletons. This will help the department evaluate the local fish populations.

Get Started!

Photo: USFWS

Massachusetts Audubon Owls Project

Whether you're trick-or-treating or just out for an evening stroll, if you see or hear an owl in Massachusetts, this project wants to know!

Get Started!

Photo: DDQ

Dark Sky Meter

If Halloween night seems a little brighter and less scary than it used to, it could be due to light pollution. Use your iPhone to collect data on light pollution in your area.

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Colorado Spider Survey

Spiders are creepy and crawly, and maybe even a little scary, but they're also incredibly diverse and an important part of many ecosystems. Help scientists in Colorado study these amazing creatures by sending in samples of the spiders in your part of the state.

Get Started!

Photo: USGS


The frightful Zombie Fly is parasitizing honey bees across the United States and potentially spreading throughout the continent. You can collect and observe bees in your area to see if they have been infected.

Get Started!

Photo: NPS

Bat Detective

Want to study bats without venturing out into the dark of night? With this completely online project, you can do just that, by listening to bat recordings and classifying what you hear.

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Have an upcoming citizen science event? Add them to SciStarter by clicking on the "add an event" button on the SciStarter Homepage.

Contact the SciStarter Team

Email: info@scistarter.com

Website: http://scistarter.com

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