Citizen Science Stories

 

We're collecting stories about volunteers assisting scientists in their understanding of New England's natural environment. Do you have a story to share? Email us with your story and a picture!

Listening for Bats: 2015 NH Bat Survey Results

Citizen scientists help generate data that is essential for researchers and managers in their efforts to protect bat species. More

When Nature's Calendar Changes, Citizen Scientists Can Help

We all have an intuitive sense of phenology. What does that mean and how can we take a closer look at these subtle changes? More

News from the Field: A Day with the Coastal Research Volunteers

Could I be a citizen scientist? A newbie spends the morning with the Coastal Research Volunteers and gets a taste for what citizen science is all about. More

Fish Survey: Adventures in Citizen Science at Lubberland Creek

A mammal-enthusiast spends the day helping to research fish for a stream in need More

Nature-Based Volunteering: What Gives?

Why do people volunteer for the environment? We're asking people who help at workdays, and learning what motivates people to give back. More

Beach Blitz Volunteers Provide a Water Quality Snapshot of New Hampshire Beaches

New Hampshire’s beautiful and highly rated 13 mile slice of the Atlantic coast is a popular vacation destination in New England. So how clean are its coastal beaches? More

Interest in Citizen Science Growing Rapidly Among Researchers and Volunteers

Count migrating eels in coastal rivers, document flowering and fruiting times of alpine plants More

Salamander Crossing Brigades Help Amphibians Safely Cross Roads

To a group of volunteers in the Monadnock Region, the words ”Big Night” are a big deal. More

Lake Monitors Help Ensure Healthy Lakes

A UNH class project on Lake Chocorua in 1978 launched one of the most successful and long-lasting volunteer environmental monitoring programs in the country: the NH Lakes Lay Monitoring Program (LLMP). Every summer hundreds of lake monitors collect water samples from lakes across New Hampshire, helping to ensure our lakes are healthy. More

The Trashy Side of Plastics: Volunteers Sift Sand in Search of Plastic Fragments

Millions of plastic fragments including styrofoam cups and containers, plastic bags and packaging, cigarette filters, and other sources, are pervasive on our beaches. More

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