Final Four…citizen science projects!

We’re down to the Final Four in this year’s NCAA tournament, and chances are your bracket isn’t looking too good. Welcome to the club. Worry not! We’ve got four citizen science projects that will help you make the most of Final Four weekend.


Roadkill Survey

Don’t worry if those Wolverines get pummeled by the Syracuse Orange this weekend! You’ll make a fantastic Roadkill Observer or Splatter Spotter. The Roadkill Survey for Road Bikers and Project Splatter invite anyone to share wildlife road casualty data to help identify roadkill “hotspots” for future mitigation projects.


Cicada Tracker
You’re in the perfect spot to help track the cicadas that emerge once every 17 years across New Jersey, New York and the whole Northeast by planting a homemade temperature sensor in the ground and reporting your findings. Your observations will be put on a map and shared with the entire community. Everyone’s a winner…unless your team loses, of course.


If you’re too exhausted after the game to harvest wheat in nearby fields, Shockers fans can still help plants by participating in Clumpy. Classify plant cell images by their “clumpiness”, and you can provide researchers with new insights into the progression of bacterial infection in plant cells.


Project Nighthawk
If your team doesn’t live up to the hype, you can always hide your shame in New Hampshire and help scientists study a bird of a different feather. The Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory is coordinating volunteer nighthawk surveys on warm evenings in Keene. Submit your observations of booming, peenting, or nighthawks diving.


Planet Four
Check out Planet Four, a citizen science project in which volunteers help planetary scientists identify and measure features on the surface of Mars. By tracking ‘fans’ and ‘blotches’ on the Martian surface, you can help planetary scientists better understand Mars’ climate.

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One Response to Final Four…citizen science projects!

  1. Liti says:

    here is another citizen science project that everyone, everywhere, can easily participate in: National Moth Week. It happens during the last week of July, and focus on moths and biodiversity. You can join a moth night event in a nearby park or nature center or turn on an outdoor light anywhere to see what flies at night. More information on events, how to have your won, registration and lots more at http://www.nationalmothweek.olg.

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