Citizen Science Projects

Citizen Science Links


Piedmont Wildlife Center, Raleigh

Visit our webpage to become a box turtle citizen scientist!

Hummingbirds at Home, U.S., National Audubon Society


hummingbird pictureHummingbirds at Home collects data on how hummingbirds interact with nectar sources. This is the first step towards ensuring the survival of these miraculous birds in the face of climate change. They also hope to gain insight into what effect providing nectar feeders has on hummingbirds.

Project Noah, Worldwide, smart phone App

Project Noah is a worldwide citizen science based project that attempts to documents all different plant and animal species.  All you have to do is download the app on any smart phone, take a picture and log it in on the app.  If you can’t ID a species, you can ask for help.  A great way to get involved and learn about the species that are all around you!

Piedmont Wildlife Center has created a mission on Project Noah.  If you are at Leigh Farm Park and document any plants or animals, make sure you tag our mission.  To do that, find the mission and instructions at:

Wild Life of Our Homes, North Carolina State University

Request a kit to take samples of the microbes in your home.  You never know what microscopic bacteria cartoon greenorganisms might be lurking behind your sink or above your door!

Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

Several citizen scientists projects with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences including a box turtle project, watching nests, water stick habitat monitoring, weather monitoring, and monitoring macroinvertebrates at Prairie Ridge Ecostation.

Newest citizen science project at the museum:

water stick  Wading for Water Sticks is a citizen science project aimed at determining the habitat preferences and distributions of three water stick species in North Carolina.  As a participant, you’ll join a network of North Carolina citizen scientists who sample bodies of water throughout the state to help survey our water sticks, large aquatic insects that live in a variety of habitats, and answer questions about their biology.

School of Ants, North Carolina State University

Scientists at North Carolina State University started School of Ants in order to collect information from all over the world about ants and where they live.  Go to this website to see how you can participate in the School of Ants project!

Frogwatch, Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Join the AZA in learning frog calls and monitor wetland ares a few times a year during breeding season. There frogis not currently a training session set up in North Carolina, but one may be added.

Firefly Watch, Boston Museum of Science

Go to this website to find out how your yard measures up as firefly habitat AND participate in this research project, adding to their database of firefly populations across the US.

Lost Lady Bug Project, Cornell University

Go to this website to find out how you can take photographs of the ladybugs you see and send them to the scientists!

Project FeederWatch, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas and other locations in North America.
Winter-only.  Cost: $15 (includes a research kit)

Cicadas in my Hood, Wildlife Conservation Society

 Do you use instagram? Take pictures of cicadas in your neighborhood, post them to instagram using the hashtag #cicadasinmyhood.  This will help scientists document locations of the 17-year cicada, also known as Magicicada Brood II.

Science Starter

Here is a website with more than a hundred citizen science projects, ranging from nationwide studies to local inquiries.