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Science at Home

Passionate about plants? Wild about weather? Have birds on the brain? Match your interests to one of these citizen science programs and submit your discoveries online. Sign-up and make a difference! Participation is as easy as one, two, three,...

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Nature Sleuth
Nature Quest Wildlife Watch
A national, nature watching program created for people of all ages. Visit Wildlife watch before and after your adventures in nature.

 

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Bird Sleuths
PA eBird
A real-time, online checklist program revolutionizing the way people report and access information about birds.

Cornell Nest Watch
A nest-monitoring project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in collaboration with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center contributing to a continent-wide database.

Project Feeder Watch
A winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. Count birds at feeders from November through early April.

 

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Insect Sleuths
The Great Sunflower Project
Plant a seed or two, spend 15 minutes watching your flowers twice a month, and send or input your data to help produce the first real map of the state of the bees.

The Lost Ladybug Project
Look for ladybugs and upload pictures of them to help scientists determine which species and how many individuals are still out there.

 

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Plant Sleuth
Project Budburst
Select a plant, get outside, make observations, and share your insights on the timing of flowering and other biological events.

 

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Weather Sleuth
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network
Join a network of volunteers of all ages working together to measure and map precipitation to provide high quality data for natural resource, education and research applications.