Earth Day is Saturday April 22. You can give a little back to this big blue planet we call home by participating in some of these fun and easy citizen science projects:
Bumble Bee Watch
Have fun cataloging the bumble bees that visit your yard and the plants they like to visit.
The Lost Ladybug Project
Upload information on ladybug sightings in this app based program.
Help track the migration patterns of Monarch Butterflies, hummingbirds, and more (also available as an app.).
Audubon Hummingbirds at Home
Log in hummingbird sightings; track how often they visit your yard or a certain plant (also available in an app).
Dragonfly Pond Watch
Collect information on dragonflies at your favorite local pond.
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
Help monitor Monarch Caterpillars and Butterflies.
Butterflies and Moths of North America
Catalog the butterflies and moths you see in your yard.
WHEP – Wetland Health Evaluation Program
Monitor wetland health with other trained individuals. Help collect plant and macroinvertebrate (insects and other small critters) samples or analyze them in the lab. Signup and training required.
Minnesota DNR Volunteer Opportunities
Help the Minnesota DNR protect the state’s natural resources.
Help find new Emerald Ash Borer infestations.
Minnesota Bee Atlas
Help survey Minnesota’s bee species.
Driven to Discover (D2D)
University of Minnesota youth citizen science program.
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)
Monitor Minnesota’s weather.
The above are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a citizen science program out there perfect for you. Let’s get outside and get some data. Happy observations!