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Community Science Opportunities

Community Science Opportunities (National or Global)

eBird: year-round contributions to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology database.

iNaturalist: year-round contributions to the iNaturalist database (established by the California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic). 

IU Digital Herbarium: use your photography skills to add to Indiana University's digital herbarium. Join in the photographic scavenger hunt! The IU project is part of the Consortium of Midwest Herbaria.

Global Big Day: report birds sighted throughout the day of the count; this event is designed to capture data during the spring migration; the 2021 Global Big Day is May 8; sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; WORLD WIDE EVENT.

Project Feederwatch: report bird sightings at your feeding station November-April; sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Great Backyard Bird Count: the 2021 count takes place February 12-15; sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada; WORLD WIDE EVENT.

FrogWatch: report frog & toad vocalizations February-August; sponsored by the American Association of Aquariums and Museums.

Project Budburst: report flowering times of local plants; sponsored by the Chicago Botanic Garden.

GLEDN: smartphone app for reporting invasive species.  Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) is connected with EDDMapSMidwest (Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System for the Midwest).

GlobalXplorer: use satellite data to look for looting at archaeological sites; the project was originated by Dr. Sarah Parcak of the University of Alabama and is described here.

National Moth Week: explore nighttime nature. NMW 2021 runs from July 17-25. 


Community Science Opportunities (State)

Tick INsiders: collect ticks to track the prevalence of tick-borne pathogens in Indiana; ticks are sent to Purdue University's Tick INsiders program, run by Dr. Cate Hill (Professor of Entomology)

Report INvasives: report sightings of invasive species (plants and animals) in Indiana; web site hosted by the Purdue College of Agriculture and the Indiana Invasive Species Council.


Community Science & Environmental Stewardship Opportunities (Local)

Invasive Species Strike Team: meets the 2nd Saturday of each month (March-December) from 9:00AM-noon at the Ornithology Center at Eagle Creek Park (use the 71st Street entrance) to remove invasive species.  For more information, contact Brenda Howard (Senior Ecologist, Indy Parks, Department of Public Works - City of Indianapolis, 317-327-7470).

KIB Pollinator Count: the 2020 count runs from June 22-28, overlapping with National Pollinator Week (June 22-28). For more information, go to the KIB web site.