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Photo: USFWS Planning ahike this summer? Be a trail blazer and add some citizen science to your adventure.

Our editors highlight five projects, below, to add to your backpack!

Check out the SciStarter blog for updates on your favorite projects and find new projects in our Project Finder! Happy trails!The SciStarter Team

Photo: Alli Phillimore

Track a Tree

Volunteers are needed throughout the United Kingdom to track how the presence and timing of flowering plants alter as climate changes. Choose trees near you and track the development of flowers beneath the treethroughout the season. Get Started!

Photo: USDA Santa Fe National Forest Site Stewards 

The Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico is home to many culturally and historically significant sites. Monitor and document any changes that occur at these sites, either due to natural causes or vandalism. Get Started!

Photo: Georgia Murray

Mountain Watch 

Collect data on the timing and development of flowers while hiking in the Appalachian Mountains. This information is used to track the effects of climate change and the health of mountain ecosystems. Plant guides are available to help hikers identify flowers. Read more about this project on the SciStarter Blog.

Get Started!

Photo: USFWS

Connecticut Turtle Atlas

Connecticut is home to 12 different turtle species. Record turtle sightings (and locations) from your smartphone to help researchers better understand and protect these species. Read more about this project on the Scistarter Blog.

Get `Started!

Photo: Brooks Weisblat

Habitat Restoration Bird Monitoring

The island of Virginia Key, just of the Miami coast, was decimated by the dumping of waste from dredging nearby areas. Restoration is underway and researchers need your help evaluating environmental developments by monitoring bird species and vegetation growth.

Get Started!

AnnouncementsNASA 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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