Citizen Scientists ~ Environmental Superheroes?

Monarch butterfly on EupatoriumThere’s a growing awareness that our gardens possess hidden powers.

No longer just a collection of pretty plants, these same gardens can make a positive impact on our local ecosystems. Simple steps like planting regional native plants and maintaining your garden in a sustainable and organic way are easy first steps.

Become a Superhero

You can also make an impact outside of what you’re currently doing in your own garden.  Become a Citizen Scientist.

Citizen scientists collaborate with scientists around the world by helping them gather data. There’s no need for special outfits (of course if you want to wear a red cape or carry around a lasso of truth, I won’t tell anyone) but access to a computer or a smart phone can’t hurt.

One citizen science project that’s gathering attention is the Monarch Larva Monitoring ProjectSimply sign up to monitor a patch of milkweed in your area and record your data. The scientists at the University of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab will do the rest.

Want More?

If you’re interested in finding our about a few more citizen science projects you can get involved in, check out my post, Citizen Science – Make An Impact Beyond Your Garden, over at the Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens blog.


Are you a superhero?  I’d love to hear about any citizen science projects you’re involved with.

7 thoughts on “Citizen Scientists ~ Environmental Superheroes?

  1. Debbie, I’m so glad to see your encouragement for gardeners to share what we observe every day with one of the many citizen scientist programs. Doing so is a great way to learn as we grow.

    I like your Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens post so much I shared it on my joene’s garden FB fan page.

    • Thanks for the shout out. These Citizen Science projects really are the perfect parallel for gardeners since we’re observing so many aspects of our gardens, and those around us, daily.

  2. I haven’t heard of the projects you mentioned but I do contribute to the Lost Ladybug Project. Asian ladybugs are slowly taking over our native populations and citizen scientists are helping to keep tabs on the populations of native and exotic populations.

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