Citizen science is an exciting way for local citizens to get involved and contribute valuable scientific data. Many studies focus on migratory species.
More and more of these projects span international boundaries and are ideal for studying questions about full-life cycle biology. Citizens living near migratory populations are mobilized to monitor and track animals, and their work is invaluable on a variety of fronts.
- Provide a local constituency that is dedicated and educated about full-life cycle biology
- Promote local solutions to environmental problems
- Influence the behavior of the surrounding community and stakeholders
- Support and encourage policy change beyond the local level
- Breeding Bird Survey (USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
- Neighborhood Nestwatch (Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center)
- eBird (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
- Project Feeder Watch (Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada)
- Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (University of Minnesota)
- Butterfly Count Program (North American Butterfly Program)
- Migratory Dragonfly Partnership Initiatives (The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation)
- Tag a Tiny Tuna Program (Large Pelagics Research Center, University of New Hampshire)