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Citizen Scientists Gather Data on Urban Bees

Citizen Scientists Gather Data on Urban Bees

Seattle gardeners are assisting University of Washington researchers by gathering data on pollination activity in community gardens.

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Invasive Species: They're Here and More on the Way

Invasive Species: They're Here and More on the Way

Invasive species are here and more are on the way! Find out about the problems and some possible solutions.

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Warblers' Secrets for Successful Survival Strategies

Warblers' Secrets for Successful Survival Strategies

Learn the survival secrets of our winter visitors, the yellow-rumped warblers.

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Birdwatching for Science (and Fun!)

Birdwatching for Science (and Fun!)

While scientific research isn’t always fun it can be a "walk in the park" when it involves bird watching. Get a first-hand account of one of the largest and longest-running “Citizen Science” projects in the world, Audubon's Christmas Bird Count.

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Counting Climate-Challenged Pikas

Counting Climate-Challenged Pikas

A group of West Oakland students treks up to the Sierra to try to help a small mammal that may be threatened by climate change.

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The Pleasures of Backyard Bird-Watching

The Pleasures of Backyard Bird-Watching

Get to know your feathered neighbors and find out how you can contribute to avian science and research.

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Soaring in Space: Citizen Science at 103,000 Feet

Soaring in Space: Citizen Science at 103,000 Feet

Citizen scientist Marc Labriet and students from Valley Christian High School in Dublin, CA collaborated on a special balloon project to retrieve images from near space as well as test theories on gamma rays and radiation repercussion yields.

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A Birder’s-Eye View of Conservation

A Birder’s-Eye View of Conservation

The Great Backyard Bird Count gives novice Bay Area wildlife watchers the chance to play field biologist in their own backyards and help scientists gather data on the incidence, abundance, and distribution of birds. Researchers will use sightings to identify trends that will help conserve these valuable indicators of biodiversity.

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Summer Solstice, Shifting Spring

Summer Solstice, Shifting Spring

Tomorrow is our summer solstice—the longest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Reporter's Notes: Coping with Ants at Home

Reporter's Notes: Coping with Ants at Home

Argentine ants have had amazing success as an invasive species in the US. Their West Coast super colony numbers in the billions and spans from Mexico to Oregon. But aside from invading homes, they've had a dramatic effect on native ants and local ecosystems.

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The Joys of Citizen Science

The Joys of Citizen Science

Though it's easy to forget, any kid with a magnifying glass can tell you that you don't need a fancy degree to be a scientist. All it takes is a curious mind and a keen eye for observation. And in case the mere thought of a world full of wonders isn't enough to get you motivated, there are dozens of ways your personal observations can contribute to formal, published research. It's called "citizen science".

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Globe At Night:  Measuring Light Pollution with Human Eyes

Globe At Night: Measuring Light Pollution with Human Eyes

Want a chance to do some "citizen" science, contribute to an international investigation, and have some fun to boot? An opportunity is coming up in March: Globe At Night. All you need is your eyes….

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Amateur Astronomers

Amateur Astronomers

Some of the most passionate astronomers don't even need to leave their own backyards. QUEST meets the amateur stargazers in the Bay Area who are making important observations about the cosmos and inventing tools at home to do it.

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