Citizen Science

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Consider becoming a citizen scientist

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Citizen Science Projects include:

  • eBird offers innovative online tools for birders to keep track of their own lists and contribute their bird sightings for use in science and conservation.
  • Project Feederwatch Each year, 15,000 people count birds at their feeders for Project FeederWatch.
  • Nestwatch By finding and monitoring bird nests, NestWatch participants help scientists track the breeding success of birds across North America.
  • The Great Backyard Bird Count. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
  • Yardmap The YardMap Network is an NSF-funded project that builds online communities to investigate the impacts of bird-friendly and carbon-neutral practices in backyards, community gardens, and parks.

Xerces Society projects include:  Bumble Bee Watch, Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, Western Monarch Count,

The Great Sunflower Project. The largest citizen science project focused on pollinators with over 100,000 members

National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife.  Certify your yard as a wildlife habitat

North Central Washington Audubon Christmas Bird Count.  Over a 2-week period,volunteers are invited to join teams in Bridgeport, Leavenworth, Twisp, Chelan, Wenatchee, Okanogan, and Omak.

Washington Audubon Sagebrush Songbird Survey. This community science project matches Audubon Washington and chapters with the Washington Department of Wildlife (WDFW) to establish a long-term sagebrush avian census.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Volunteer Citizen Science Projects.  Includes Pygmy rabbit reintroduction project in Douglas County.

University of Washington Botanic Gardens Rare Care. Help monitor rare and sensitive native plants in Washington.