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Monitoring Alaskan Bats in the Tongass National Forest

The sun has finally set in Ketchikan, located around 300 miles south of Juneau, Alaska. Engines rumble as volunteers begin their journey deep into the Tongass National Forest. Equipped with a bat detector and a specialized microphone on the roof of their car, the volunteers traverse a 30-...

Monarch butterfly

A monarch butterfly held in hand.
A monarch butterfly held in hand.

Atlanta Residents Welcome Pollinators to their Urban Gardens

Students of GAPP planting a pollinator garden. The next time you bite into a juicy pear, you can thank the bees buzzing outside; 35% of the world’s crop production depends on pollinators like birds, bees, bats, and butterflies.  But pollinator populations are declining,...

Volunteers Use Free App to Document Rare Species in Kaibab National Forest

A ladybird photo submitted to the Kaibab project, where citizen scientists can make observations of plants and animals in the Kaibab National Forest and post them online. The Kaibab National Forest in Arizona is alive with colorful birds, cottontail rabbits, and ponderosa pines...


Regina Rochefort and citizen scientists pose with their butterfly nets.
Regina Rochefort (third from the right) and citizen scientists pose with their butterfly nets.

Citizen Scientists Help Uncover Changes in Butterfly Populations in the Cascade Mountains

Regina Rochefort (third from the right) and citizen scientists pose with their butterfly nets. In the diverse and bustling ecosystem of the Cascade Mountains, Regina Rochefort from the National Park Service (NPS) has been busy gathering volunteers for the Cascades Butterfly...

Volunteers Count Every Street Tree in New York City

Did you know?  Over 80% of the U.S. population live in cities or metropolitan areas, making urban trees more important than ever. Trees bring many benefits to human health—they filter air pollution, release oxygen, reduce mental stress, and absorb rainwater and noise. Trees in...

marten snow

American Marten in the snow
An American Marten in the snow

Protecting Martens with Citizen Science

A dead juvenile marten on the Mt. Rose Trail. Martens are a larger relative of the weasel with a cute face and bushy tail. They have roamed the coastal mountain regions including the Olympic National Forest (ONF) for centuries, but recent sightings have drastically declined—there...

Forest Service Announces Competitive Funding for Citizen Science Projects

This page has moved to the Citizen Science Competitive Funding Program page.
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