Citizen Science Links

Whether you have an hour, or several hours a week, you can contribute to scientific research that can help make our planet healthier.

Become a Salamander Crossing Guard:

Each spring, BEEC organizes volunteers to help amphibians safely reach their breeding pools—and gather data along the way. Find out how you can help here.



Picture Post:

Hike to the Summit of BEEC’s Heifer Hill and use the picture post to help track tree health and climate-related seasonal shifts. Learn more here.



Here are other opportunities to contribute to important research as a citizen scientist:

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)

All weather enthusiasts across Vermont can join the CoCoRaHS network.  The distribution of precipitation in the state is widely varied due to the terrain.  The terrain also limits the effectiveness of weather radar and radar-based precipitation estimates, thus, we have a strong reliance on precipitation reports from observers.  Your data can help improve forecasts and warnings!  It could even save lives. Consistent observations are also important.  If you decide to join, please make every effort to report each day.

Firefly Watch

What could be better than watching fireflies? This user friendly citizen science project provides information to scientists monitoring firefly populations. Visit their website to learn all about fireflies, and learn to recognize different flash patterns in their virtual firefly world. Come to BEEC trainings in June!

The Great Sunflower Project

Contribute to pollinator and pesticide research. There are a few types of surveys you can add to at The Great Sunflower Project. Plant a Lemon Queen sunflower and count bee visits in five minutes, or do a stationary count for five minutes in a flower garden anywhere. To participate, you will need to

  1. Have an accurate identification of the plant you are observing
  2. Observe that plant for at least five minutes
  3. Count every single pollinator that visits
  4. Report this on the website as a stationary count.


SciStarter helps link citizen scientists to projects. You can learn about many projects and opportunities at this site.