Archive for the ‘Citizen Science’ Category

Great lakes


As someone who has visited at least two of them and getting ready to start reading the book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (courtesy of an article from Minnesota Public Radio) by Dan Egan, this article really caught my attention.

Not only does it discuss what’s happening to all of the great lakes really, it talks about how one person is trying to make a difference. The article is entitled “Ohio’s watershed moment: How to fix Lake Erie algae” by over at the Grist.

Quite fascinating read to say the least. Looking forward to going there again (we’ve only visited Lake Michigan and Lake Superior so far. The picture above is Lake Superior while on our family vacation in 2016.



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Solitary bees

So a couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post entitled Bee Stories where I talked about the book Our Native Bees by Paige Embry. In the book I learned so much about all the other species, outside of honey bees and bumble bees, the only two I probably knew anything about.

Anyway, seeing this article entitled “MaliArts designs city-chic beehives to save solitary bees” by Lucy Wang over at Inhabitat, made me realize how cool beehives can be. Honestly, I’ve always wanted to have one. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.



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Bee stories

So I just finished reading the book Our Native Bees by Paige Embry and I have to say, what an excellent book with so many great stories. While I’ve always known about honey bees, like the ones we use to try and catch them as kids out by our honeysuckle bushes, I never knew that they’re not native to North America.

I certainly never knew that there are in fact over 4000 species of native bees and that they range in size from about an inch to less than the size of a grain of rice. In fact, on a recent field trip to a conservation area with my youngest son’s science class, I finally realized that I’ve actually seen some of those tiny ones before.

I also want to mention that towards the end of the book, the author talks about how we can all help support our native bees by getting involved in citizen sciences projects like the Great Sunflower Project (for more citizen science projects, you can also check out the scistarter website).

Go Citizen Science!


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World of insects

This article really struck home because of all the amateurs that are involved in what is described as a “obscure, volunteer-run Entomological Society Krefeld“. I think they would also be called citizen scientist, something that I have been fortunate enough to do.

Anyway, the article is entitled “The German Amateurs Who Discovered ‘Insect Armageddon’” by Sally McGrane over at the New York Times. This article reminds me that I need to find another project to get involved with.



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Earth Day

Whenever I think of Earth Day, I think back to the one in 1990. Somewhere, and I don’t know where, I came across a flyer about the 20th anniversary of Earth Day and when I saw it, I decided I wanted to get involved.

I remember going to the first meeting and that they ask everyone there to introduce themselves and say why they were there. I think I said something about  Robert Kennedy and that he was my  hero.

So here we are in 2017 and Scientist have decided to march on Washington, D.C., just like the Women’s march on January 22nd, on April 22nd.So even though I won’t be able to get there and my opportunity to march in St. Louis (if there is  one) will also be limited, I will find a way to participate in Earth Day 2017.

While I don’t remember where I first found out about Earth Day 2017, here’s where I found out about Earth Day 2017 and the march. The article is entitled “March Madness: Mark your calendars! The March for Science is happening in D.C. on April 22 (Yes, that is Earth Day.)“over at the Grist.



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Little did I know or next year

While I was happy to come across this article, I’m definitely going to print it up and file it away for next year. The article is entitled “4 ways to be a citizen scientist on vacation: You can help out, whether you’re visiting the beach, a park or a city” by Jaymi Heimbuch over at the Mother Nature Network. I can’t wait till next year!



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Monarch Madness!

So I did an earlier post entitled Monarchs and citizen science and I have to say it was a success. All the kids had a great time. My daughter and I even caught a Monarch or two. I caught one (which had already been tagged) but my daughter caught two (neither of which had been tagged).


Since she was veteran with the second one, they let her tag it herself. Meanwhile my youngest son had a great time learning all about butterflies while my other son just liked hanging out. I also e-mailed my daughter some pictures so she can show her science teacher. A good time was had by all!



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Monarchs and citizen science

When I came an opportunity for the family to do a little monarch tagging with Missouri Department of Conservation, I thought why not!? So weather permitting, we’re heading out to St. Charles to do a little Monarch Madness.

It also doesn’t hurt that we have a Milkweed planted in our front yard and it’s been a great place to observe several Monarch’s, along with a few caterpillars. Go Monarchs!




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Scientific American

So today started out with me reading an old post from Doing Good Science blog over at Scientific American entitled “Reflections on being part of a science blogging network” by Janet Stemwedel only to find out she’s moved on.

Anyway, I’ve always enjoyed the numerous blogs over at their website including Beautiful Minds, Extinction Countdown, Rosetta Stone, Tetrapod Zoology, Artful Amoeba and the Urban Scientist.

When I found this article over at the Urban Scientist tonight entitled “Urban Science Adventure: Make Autumn Leaf Lanterns“, it brought back a great memory with my kid when we did some leaf rubbings up at the Headwaters in northern Minnesota.

Oh yea, I almost forgot. I found this webpage over there as well entitled Citizen Science. Check it out!



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The microbes have it

Who knew that when I’m ride the local metrolink here in St. Louis that along with all the passengers sitting around me that there are many more that I can’t see.

According to this article over at LiveScience, “The Microbes That Ride the NYC subway With You” by Megan Gannon. Sounds like a really gross  citizen science project.



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