Citizen science is a way for interested individuals to volunteer their time to assist scientists in their research. It supports researchers in many different ways – by submitting data, sharing experiences, or spreading valuable information. Scientists benefit from having more data to analyze and a pool of volunteers willing to help. Many state and local governments and community environmental groups have their own citizen science programs in need of volunteers. The Long Island Nature Organization, the Seatuck Environmental Association, and the Cornell University Lab are just a few.
For example, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation sought the participation of pool owners in the search for the Asian Long-horned Beetle on Long Island. Check it out
Explore these links to learn more about how you can contribute to data and observation collection in your community:
Interested in bumblebees and butterflies?Visit bumblebeewatch.org and butterfliesandmoths.org to contribute to their research and databases.
The National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is the nation's longest-running citizen science bird project.
Explore sciencenews.org for additional citizen science projects.
American goldfinch (Spinus tristis)