What is citizen science?
Did you ever wish YOU or YOUR FAMILY could take part in really cool, important research?
Citizen scientist programs are easy to use monitoring programs in which anyone can take part. Data collected from these programs help scientists monitor and protect the wildlife and wild spaces and contributes to scientific understanding.
Who can take part?
You, your kids, your students, your friends, your club - ANYONE!
It's a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy your wild space while making some important observations.
Did you know?
A photograph uploaded to iNaturalist helped confirm a sighting of a lynx in Algonquin Park. Lynx do not generally occur in the park - what an amazing find!
Learn more about this story and how observations uploaded to citizen scientist sights by people just like you can help biologist and naturalists learn so much about more about our environment.
Click here: The Raven, Volume 59, No. 2
There's an app for that!
Click the link above to learn about 7 amazing citizen science apps that will have you contributing to our knowledge of our living world in no time!
iNaturalist is a crowd-sourced identification system and organism recording tool. Take photos and make observations on a variety of animals and plants. Your findings are shared with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data.
Nature Watch Ontario
NatureWatch hosts the following nature monitoring programs, with more to come in the future:
FrogWatch: Learn about frogs while helping researchers and zoos monitor the health of frogs population and frog habitat.
Ice Watch: Monitor the dates when ice appears and disappears on your local ponds, streams, lakes to provide important information about patterns in Canada’s climate.
PlantWatch: The blooming times of Canada’s most easily-recognized plant species help scientists to track changing climate trends and their impacts.
WormWatch: Teach kids about the importance of soil and the organisms that live in it. If you’re a teacher, guide or scout leader, or someone with a bunch of kids to amuse on a sunny afternoon, get out your shovel and your smartphone and give WormWatch a try.
Ontario Turtle Tally
Report your turtle sightings by entering your observations into an on-line database. The purpose is to collect, record and store location and species information on Ontario turtles, including species at risk.
Want more citizen science?
Go to Ontario Nature's site using the link above to check out all the different projects that you can take part in! This site even let's you know if the activities are kid-friendly, have time commitments or cost you anything.