Fall Monitoring

Looking for a new project? Fall is a great time to join a citizen science program, where you can share your own observations about nature with scientists. Citizen science volunteers can collect far more data than science researchers can alone, playing an important role in scientific discovery!

Make discoveries where you live. Here are just a few projects you can participate in as a citizen scientist:

  • Monitor Weather: Every drop counts! Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) volunteers learn how to measure precipitation using a rain gauge and hail pad, record their data and report their measurements online. Data collected by volunteers complements observations made by the National Weather Service and is used by local meteorologists, researchers, emergency managers, farmers, outdoor enthusiasts, teachers and others. Sign up to become a volunteer observer with CoCoRaHS at www.cocorahs.org.
  • Monitor Monarch Butterflies: Monarchs are making their journey south to Mexico. Contribute your observations to help scientists track the butterflies and learn how weather and environmental conditions impact migration. www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/.
  • Share Your Nature Photos: Document local wildlife by uploading photos via mobile phone or tablet. Not sure what that plant or animal is? Don’t worry – Project Noah’s global community can help I.D. your spottings, which in turn help scientists uncover and track wildlife populations. www.projectnoah.org