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Help Out with Spotting Birds

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="159"] Springtime brings many migratory bird species back to western Massachusetts and, as these feathered friends return, opportunities...

Elms College is throwing a Bioblitz this Saturday at Chicopee Memorial State Park. Teachers, students, parents and friends of all ages are invited to team up with scientists to identify as...

Organized by Elms College, BioBlitz 2016 offers an important opportunity to engage in citizen science in Chicopee! Designed to identify and record as many species of living things as possible, the...

Offering three seasons' worth of experiential learning in the local landscape, the Pioneer Valley Citizen Science Collaboratory provides unique opportunities to engage in meaningful scientific research geared specifically towards generating a...

Generally reserved for experiential projects centered around data collection or observation, citizen science offers to public a means of becoming part of the world of scientific discovery. Two unique projects offer...

Just in time for the awakening of amphibian species, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary offers a training on the FrogWatch citizen science project! Using this and other resources, families can learn about...

Affectionately dubbed man's best friend, dogs have a special place in human society. Through museum exhibits, opportunities for service-based learning, and psychology-centric citizen science, families can engage in meaningful studies of...

Help Count Birds for Science during Audubon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count For more than 100 years, Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running wildlife census, has fueled science and conservation action. Each...

Call for citizen scientists! Adventurous, bug-loving families in Western MA can help to contribute to ongoing ant research and identification of species by participating in a project called School of Ants...

Explore Night Time Nature During National Moth Week July 18-26, 2015 Did you know that there are over 11,000 moth species in the United States alone?  More than just an evening...

Springtime brings many migratory bird species back to western Massachusetts and, as these feathered friends return, opportunities for citizen science centered around species preservation arise! Help Mass Audubon to monitor some...

What will the Pioneer Valley look like 1,000 years from now? Artist Jonathon Keats and Amherst College's Mead Art Museum are committed to finding out - with a Millennium camera,...

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: March Segment Vernal Pools: Natural Habitats & Local Species as Community Resources Hilltown Families and Mass Appeal (a weekday, hour-long lifestyle program on NBC) have teamed...

Did you know that dragonflies migrate? Families can observe the migratory habits of dragonflies and participate in meaningful citizen science by taking part in Dragonfly Pond Watch, a project that...

Can't decide what to have for dinner? Flip a coin! It's totally reliable, right? Well - maybe not. Families can participate in some mathematically fascinating citizen science by flipping state-themed quarters...

Leaf studies aren't just for the fall! Citizen scientists can participate in Project BudBurst's fall data collection project by identifying and observing local plant species. Information submitted to the project helps...

Volunteer for river conservation by participating in the Westfield River Committee's Watershed Blitz! River-loving, conservation-minded families can volunteer alongside experts in order to spot and identify the many plant and...

Monarch butterflies make perhaps the most epic of all migratory journeys! Here we feature an amazing video using Google Earth to track their journey and share ways families can protect them...

It's now well recorded that bees are under threat and that their shrinking numbers will have a negative impact on our environment. Innovative measures are being taken and communities are being...

With camera in hand, families can be empowered as citizen scientists, capturing images of critters in their local environment and sharing them through WildObs. WildObs is an online wildlife sightings community...

What do you see when you look into the night sky above your home? Turn informal observations of celestial bodies into citizen science with Loss of the Night...

Do you about phenology? It's the study of cyclic and/or seasonal phenomena in plants and animals. Citizen scientist opportunities and phenology-based community celebrations can offer a lens into nature science and...

The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place this year for four days beginning on Valentine's Day! Spread your love to our fine feather friends this year during this annual citizen...

Mass Audubon invites public to "Focus on Feeders." This annual midwinter backyard bird survey is a fun way for families to participate as citizen scientists!

Here's another citizen scientist project families can participate in this winter... The Snowtweet Project. The citizen scientist project is all about obtaining snow depth data from community scientists using social...

IceWatch: Citizen Scientist Project Exams Ecosystems via Ice This winter, families can contribute to climate studies by participating in IceWatch, a citizen science initiative that works to collect information about the...

Last week an energetic group of Hilltown Families citizen scientists and Kurt Heidinger, Executive Director of Biocitizen, conducted our fourth annual rapid biotic assessment of the Westfield River in West Chesterfield....

Have you hear of YardMap? It's a fun citizen scientist project that families can participate in, mapping their yards using Google maps and collecting data for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology....

Kurt's call to action this month in "The Ripple"... be stewards of the rivers! Take action in September as citizen scientists by joining Hilltown Families and Biocitizen for our 4th annual...