- This event has passed.
Citizen Science Day – Cancelled
April 13 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
We are sorry to announce that our Citizen Science Day event has been CANCELLED.
Please check out these ongoing opportunities:
Maine Bird Atlas
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife launched the Maine Bird Atlas in 2018 to document the birds that call Maine home during the summer and winter months using eBird (the database for collecting Maine Bird Atlas sightings).
Signs of the Seasons
Using their backyards as laboratories, participants in the Signs of the Seasons program help scientists document the local effects of global climate change. Participants are trained to observe and record the phenology (seasonal changes) of common plants and animals living in their own communities — a citizen science project that fills a gap in regional climate research. Volunteers across New England record the growth of milkweed, the nesting of robins, and more. The goal is to build a rich, detailed record of the region’s seasonal turns, a resource too costly to build without a network of citizen volunteers. The collected data are made available (via Nature’s Notebook) to our collaborating scientists and resource managers.
Documenting Biodiversity with iNaturalist
iNaturalist is a mobile application and social network created by National Geographic and the California Academy of Sciences to catalog and track the biodiversity of the world. Participants take photos of plants, animals, fungi, etc., or signs of organisms (scat, bones, feathers, beaver lodges, etc.), and upload the image along with date and location, providing a record of a species in a place and time. iNaturalist is also a tool for identifying unknown species, using ”crowdsourcing” from other users. With 16,135,181 observations made to date, iNaturalist is helping researchers study biodiversity over time across the globe, including the Downeast Phenology Trail.