Springtime Citizen Science
April is buzzing with citizen science you can do at hackfests, conferences, festivals, workshops, marches and more! Looking for family-friendly projects? Check this out. Below, we've selected three projects and two events we think you'll love. You can find more projects and events on SciStarter to do now or bookmark for later. Bonus: Complete your SciStarter profile this month and we'll send you a free pdf of The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science.
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Photo: Bumble Boosters
Help track the phenology of bumble bees by finding and photographing queen bees. By uploading your photo, along with information on location and bee behavior, you can increase understanding these important pollinators.
Location: North America
Photo: Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey
From May to June each year, you are needed to count spawning Horseshoe Crabs along east coast beaches. Surveys happen at night and are fun to do with a group!
Location: New Jersey & Delaware, USA
Photo: Gregory Brees
Delaware Shorebird Project
Many shorebirds that migrate from South America to Canada each spring stop in Delaware to feast on the eggs of horseshoe crabs. You can help monitor these birds to better inform conservation efforts.
Location: Delaware, USA
City Nature Challenge
Sixteen cities throughout the United States are challenged to get outside and observe wildlife. Find a participating city near you, then document and report your sightings of flowers, ants, mushrooms, and more!
Location: Select locations, United States
March for Science
The March for Science is a non-partisan event for individuals to show their support for science and participate in citizen science at the same time! On April 22, scientists and science supporters will march in Washington DC and in satellite marches across the country.
Location: Select locations, USA
Citizen Science Day runs April 14th- May 20th! More than 100 events are listed on SciStarter. From BioBlitzes, to trainings, to hack-a-thons, there's an event for you. Find an event on SciStarter. Crowd and Cloud is now streaming online. This four-part public television series explores citizen science, crowdsourcing, and mobile technology. Watch now.