Free citizen science apps recommended by librarians. Find them in your app store:
iNaturalist - iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you.
eBird - record the birds you see in the field, and seamlessly link these observations with eBird--a global online database of bird records.
LeafSnaps - take a picture and identify the plants you see in your built and natural environment.
Zooniverse - The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research across the scientific fields.
ArcGIS - this page offers a list and descriptions of user-friendly apps.
Are you keen to participate in the scientific process of learning about and protecting our natural and built environments? Some of the equipment available can support this work. Read on to learn more.
For this project, you might need:
GoPro Hero 7
Garmin eTrex X30 GPS with Compass
Find your inspiration:
Our environment offers us so much to explore: mapping tree canopy in urban neighborhoods, creating a video documentary of community gardens; recording birdsong in urban, suburban, and rural parts of our state. The possibilities are seemingly endless. Here are some great resources to find your inspiration:
CitizenScience.gov. The U.S. government has developed a catalog of existing citizen science projects seeking active volunteers. You will also find a helpful toolkit to help you plan and conduct your citizen science project.
Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. Sponsored by the Citizen Science Association, this site offers information about citizen science, an open access, peer reviewed journal focused on publishing the work and experiences of citizen scientists, and so much more.