Bud Burst Protocol contribute data for your community. late winter - spring
Bioluminescence - Firefly Watch - Learn about them and conduct your own study. summer - fall
NestWatch- Cornell University citizen science sponsored project - spring- early summer
Project FeederWatch - can be done in winter months. Create/Print a local bird list
Great Backyard Bird Count - choose a spot and count the number and types of birds you observe. Gather and report data. Compare your findings with earlier results. What trending do you detect?
Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the Audubon Society Reflect which meadow species in your region shows the greatest increase in population and which suffered the greatest decline. December
Science and Data
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. spring - summer - fall
Milkweed and Nectar Plant Phenology Project - observe "firsts" -- first emergence from soil, first flower bud, first open flower, etc. The focus is the milkweed on which larvae feed, and the nectar plants -- like lilac, sunflower and purple coneflower -- on which adults feed. spring - summer
Project RoadKill - choose a road adjacent to a meadow or field. Monitor it twice daily and report what animals are killed there, along with data about speed limit, weather and estimate number of vehicles per hour. Compare results around your community. year round
Celebrate Urban Birds - year round
eBird - year round bird observations
Lost Ladybug Project
The Great Sunflower Project - to understand more about how bees feed themselves, and hopefully how we can help reverse recent staggering declines in bee populations. To participate plant sunflowers -- you receive a seed packet in the mail when you sign up -- and when they bloom, observe bee activity on the flowers. It takes no more than 30 minutes per observation. summer - fall
Journey North engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. Spring and Autumn
Wildlife Phenology Program - "Phenology is the study of the seasonal timing of plant and animal life-cycle events such as bird, fish and mammal migration; emergence from hibernation; and the leafing, blooming and fruiting of plants. Global warming is causing a resurgence in interest in phenology, as the growing season lengthens, winters shorten and fears grow that some wildlife adapted to live with one another get out of sync (think bees pollinating flowers or migratory birds feasting on spring bugs)."
Learn more at Help Us Keep an Eye on Climate Change podcast from USGS
Spider WebWatch is a biodiversity monitoring effort for biologists, naturalists, educators and students. From more than 4,400 species of spiders in North America, 9 were chosen as eight-legged ambassadors. Learn to identify the spider.
Fall Color, Temperature and Day Length design your own project The Foliage Network
Earth Exploration Toolbook
Map & Inventory Trees in your Community.
Map & Inventory Wetlands in your Community