Citizen Science: Citizen science involves the public as participants in real world scientific research, in partnership with scientists or scientific organizations. Citizen science has much to offer youth, and youth educators, as a way to make Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning accessible, relevant, and meaningful.
Citizen science is one of the foundations of ECO's programs. We agree with Audubon Nature Society that, “Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them.” It is up to us to help them grow, guide them and foster their love and dedication to the environment. And participating in citizen science is one way to do those things and more!
This page is where we will post updates on the various citizen science contributions the ECO Crew is participating in.
One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over a million scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.
View our observations here.
We also invite you to check out our ECO Biodiversity Challenge.
And if you would like to join one of our projects please check out our Youth Citizen Scientists - USA Biodiversity Challenge and Nerdy For Birdies Youth Bird Challenge.
More info coming soon....
eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. A collaborative enterprise with hundreds of partner organizations, thousands of regional experts, and hundreds of thousands of users, eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
You can view our data submission here.
The EarthEcho Water Challenge (formerly World Water Monitoring Challenge) is an international program that runs annually from March 22 (the United Nations World Water Day) through December and equips anyone to protect the water resources we depend on every day. The EarthEcho Water Challenge builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local waterbodies.
View our results here. Enter EcoExplorersatl
Aquatic macroinvertebrates serve as indicators of stream health because they exhibit varying levels of sensitivity to pollution. As we identify critters,we are helping to build a stream health report.
This is one of our crews favorite citizen science activities. Learn more here.