Throughout the country and around the world, citizen science projects use data gathered by ordinary people to monitor environmental trends. The proliferation of smartphones has encouraged the development of apps that make it easy to submit data and photos inexpensively and in uniform format. Summer is high season for many of these projects, and kids as well as adults can get in on the action.
Specific examples include
- Firefly Watch coordinated by Boston’s Museum of Science [https://www.mos.org/fireflies]
- The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Frog Watch USA [http://www.elearning.aza.org/frogwatch-usa]
- eBird, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society [http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/]
The following articles and websites provide an overview of multiple citizen science projects: