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Take part in activities that involve real data collection you can do from home as a citizen scientist.

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Bird migration forecast

When, where, and how far will birds migrate? How many birds passed last night? Visit BirdCast for a list of tools to help you explore the answers to these and many other questions about bird migration.

Bird's nest

NestWatch is a nationwide nest-monitoring program designed to track status and trends in the reproductive biology of birds. Participating in NestWatch is easy and anyone can do it.

Observations will be added to those of thousands of other NestWatchers in a continually growing database used by researchers to understand and study birds.

An image of children using binoculars to watch birds.

For four days, February 17- 20, 2023, we’re calling on all bird lovers to do what you do best…watch birds and count every bird you see! Every count submitted helps researchers learn more about bird populations, such as where some species are thriving and where others may be on the decline. 

An old scientific diagram of fish.

You’ll have to go fishing—an outdoor activity you can do by yourself!—for this assignment. Volunteer to tag fish for the American Littoral Society, whose citizen scientists have tagged more than 640,000 fish since the program began in 1965. 

Photo of red flowers.

The Appalachian Mountain Club's Mountain Watch program asks hikers to document alpine and forest plants for ecological research. Scientists then compile the information in an online database and analyze it for trends that could indicate changing climates.

Image of a jigsaw puzzle piece falling into place.

Foldit is a revolutionary crowdsourcing computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research by solving protein-folding puzzles. 

Old US map.

TNMCorps is an online crowdsourcing mapping project with volunteers successfully editing structures in all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands