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Help raise awareness and effect change by being a Citizen Scientist!

April is Citizen Science Month and there are thousands of opportunities for you to turn your curiosity into impact.  There’s something for everyone, everywhere! Join others in learning about and participating in fun, real ways to help scientists answer questions they cannot answer without you. 

Check out below a few of the projects chosen by the GNPA Conservation Committee where your photos can help make a positive difference! Visit SciStarter.org and citizenscience.com for other opportunities!

ISeeChange

Spring is all about change as our winter landscapes start to bloom and lifeforms emerge from their winter hiding spots. What you see in your neighborhood (and when) is important to understanding how climate change is affecting communities everywhere. Your block-by-block insights help cities, engineers and local organizations build better solutions for a changing climate.

Location: Global
Photo Credit: Babette Landmesser/Unsplash
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Stream Selfie

Snap a pic of your local stream and share it with researchers!
The images help scientists get a better picture of water quality across the country — something that there’s an alarming lack of information on right now! Join thousands
of people working toward the goal of clean water for everyone.
Location: Global
Photo Credit: IWLA
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iNaturalist

Photograph the beauty of spring around you and aid biodiversity research.
Document the butterflies, bees, grasses, flowers and more that you see around you! Simply upload your images of the natural world to the iNaturalist app and they’ll share the data with organizations like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Your observations help scientists study and protect the natural world!
Location: Global
Photo Credit: Jimmy Cash, GNPA
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Miterwort. Photo by Tom Wilson

Budburst

Help researchers study pollinators and native plants.
How are ecosystems near you changing with the seasons? Budburst’s network of citizen scientists keep an eye on plants as seasons shift. Contributing observations as plants come up, bloom, turn to seed and more will also help you get outside all while learning about the natural world beyond your front door.
Location: North America
Photo Credit: Tom Wilson, GNPA
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Take a walk outside and photograph the sky — NASA scientists need your cloud photos.
When scientists study clouds, they’re typically looking at them from above, from satellites. But that doesn’t give them the full picture. Clouds play a big role in the climate by reflecting, absorbing and scattering sunlight and infrared emissions from Earth. NASA needs your cloud observations to better understand how it all works!
Location: Global
Photo Credit: NASA/GLOBE
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