The SciStarter Blog

The SciStarter Blog is published by Science Connected. Together, we are driving citizen science participation and public scientific literacy.

The SciStarter Blog, published by Science Connected

SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through providing people access to more than 2,700 searchable formal and informal research projects and events. But more than just a project directory, SciStarter also offers a coordinated place to record contributions and access the tools and instruments needed to participate in citizen science projects.

The SciStarter Blog is published weekly by Science Connected.

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Surfrider Volunteers Protect Public Health at the Beach

Surfrider Foundation volunteers working hard to protect clean water at their local beaches. The SciStarter Blog By Michelle Pena-Ortiz The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection ...
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Invite Ants to Your Picnic… for Science!

Warming weather and longer days mean more time for citizen science! Check out our editor’s list of fun and easy projects to do this month, benefiting humans, ants, and more ...
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Citizen Science Projects for the Birds

These five citizen science projects invite you to discover feathered friends in your area. Help scientists collect data and protect bird habitats. The SciStarter Blog Whether you live in the ...
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Citizen Scientists Study Phytoplankton in Antarctica

Travelers with FjordPhyto sample phytoplankton in Antarctica, helping scientists learn how this fertile ocean region is changing. By Allison Cusick and Verena Meraldi Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are ...
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Martin Dohrn filming a bumble bee hovering over a dandelion. (Image credit: Martin Dohrn/Passion Planet)

Inspire Your Community to Protect Local Pollinators

During the pandemic, acclaimed wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn got to know the local pollinators in his garden. Find out what happened. SciStarter Blog When the global pandemic hit, acclaimed wildlife ...
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Rain or Snow: How do you know?

How can it snow when temperatures are above freezing? Mountain Rain or Snow has the answer — and wants your help studying it. The SciStarter Blog A glimpse at the ...
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Five Ways to Prepare for SuperbOwl Sunday

What is SuperbOwl Sunday? A great time to get involved in citizen science with this roundup of great data collection projects! By Bob Hirshon @BobHirshon SuperbOwl Sunday is the most ...
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Four People, Four Different Paths Into Citizen Science

Anyone can do citizen science -- public engagement in scientific research -- and in a new SciStarter podcast episode, the host chats with four citizen scientists about how they got ...
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Citizen Science Connections

Science Connected is volunteer-powered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with offices in San Francisco, California. We are a global group of scientists and science communicators who foster widespread science literacy, education, and communication. We are dedicated to increasing public understanding of science and creating free and equal access to science education. We define education in its broadest sense and believe it is the key to making informed choices, being successful members of society, and acting as responsible stewards of the planet.

Our mission is to increase scientific literacy in underserved communities and the greater public by connecting people with the latest scientific research, translating science into accessible language, and debunking pseudoscience with real research findings. 

Citizen science is an effective partnership between scientists and nonscientists that, when done well, offers benefits to the participants and beyond. In addition to the SciStarter Blog, we have several free resources for you to learn more about citizen science and get involved in projects.