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What is Citizen Science?

Citizen Science is scientific research conducted in whole or in part by amateur or non professional scientists.  You might think of it as public participation in scientific research.  

And Citizen Science can be a great tool for teachers!  

There are all kinds of resources and free tools and 
programs set up and available for teachers, students, parents and anyone interested.  


Let’s say you have noticed that robins migrate into 
your neighborhood every spring.  You could use this site Journey, North Robins, to record your observations of when you hear the first robin of the spring and when you see the first robin of the spring.  Other people also enter data from their location and maps are generated on an ongoing basis.  

Beginning in January, citizen scientists across North America are invited to report their first robin of spring, waves of migrating robins, and the first robin song of spring. Share data to help scientists understand how robins respond to climate and changing seasons. Explore the robin’s life cycle, ecology, habitat, and conservation needs. 


The site also provides research (informational text) on the particular species, checklists and observation forms.  You can be involved just briefly, with simple data entry and looking at the results, or you can be involved with complete lessons and engaging units for your students.
  

There are many other opportunities for citizen science.   Journey North has opportunities to study all kinds of wildlife migration and seasonal change. Everything from tracking the migration of grey whales or monarch butterflies to sunlight and seasons is available. 

Citizen Science is a great way to get you, your students, your children and families involved in simple scientific research.  It only takes a couple of clicks to enter simple observations and it is fun!   



If you like this blog post about Citizen Science, you will love how to make a field journal out of an envelope.  Click here for simple step by step directions Field Journal Out of an Envelope

You might also like my butterfly life cycle resources:

 Kinder Centers for Life Cycle of a Butterfly

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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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Tina S

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Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
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Heidi J

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