You may not be aware of the vast role citizen volunteers—people just like you—play in scientific research collaborations.
Throughout Minnesota, as well as the country, citizens collect data, monitor, count, observe, listen, measure, and more. Public participation in scientific research is crucial to help fill the gaps: There are more needs for data than there are scientists to collect it.
No science background is required. Most programs offer training and detailed instruction for participation.
For links to citizen science programs, visit Neighborhood Greening’s resource page.
A Sampling of Programs that Rely on Citizen Scientists. Get involved!
•Audubon “The Great Backyard Bird Count” (every February)