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SciStarter Newsletter – July 16, 2021
SciStarter is partnering with National Moth Week (available in 50+ countries)!
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July 17 through 25, people of all ages are gathering to explore and learn about the wonderful world of moths. There are over 1,000(!) registered mothing events to choose from. Find one near you or sign up to host an event of your own!

Finding moths is easy: A sheet and a light set up at night — or even just your porch light — will attract them in droves. Your observations (submitted online) help scientists track the health of moth populations, and any high-quality photo of a moth is enough to contribute.

Join National Moth Week Now!
Your insect observations don’t have to stop when National Moth Week ends. Here are some other citizen science projects to keep the arthropod party going!

The SciStarter Team

Credit: Dwight Sipler/Wikimedia Commons
Great Sunflower Project
Count pollinators wherever you see flowering plants—it doesn’t have to be a sunflower—and add your count via an online form. Your observations will help researchers monitor how pollination services are increasing and decreasing over time.

Location: Global

Explore today!
Credit: Anna Funk
Bumblebee Watch
Help track bumblebees with Bumblebee Watch! Snap a photo when you see a bumblebee, and submit your observations on the Bumblebee Watch website. Researchers will use your data to monitor bumblebee populations and even find rare bees!

Location: North America
Join now!
Credit: Anna Funk
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
Sign up to be a milkweed monitor! Get trained to be a monarch pro, and submit weekly observations online from your local milkweed patch.

Location: U.S. and Canada

Sign up!
Credit: Allen Hurlbert
Caterpillars Count!
Use data sheets to conduct surveys of plants and trees at an existing site (or create a site of your own) to monitor the seasonality and abundance of foliage arthropods, like caterpillars.

Location: U.S.

Start counting!
Credit: Orangeaurochs/Wikimedia Commons
Spot a Bee
See a bee in the United Kingdom? Snap a photo of the plant it’s buzzing around and upload it to the free Spot-a-bee app. You’ll help scientists map and understand important bee habitat across the country.

Location: U.K.

Learn more!
Citizen Science Training

With support from the National Library of Medicine, SciStarter and other partners have assembled a tutorial and accompanying module to help people from all walks of life engage in science and bring citizen science to new communities. Part one of the training helps you learn the basics of citizen science, participate in projects and make the most of SciStarter. Then, there is an additional training module geared toward librarians and library staff.

Earn your badge today!
Transparent, AI-powered Citizen Science Project Recommendations

Finding the right citizen science project for you out of thousands featured on SciStarter can be challenging. That’s why SciStarter collaborated with Ben-Gurion University to create a transparent, AI-powered recommendation system. Learn about updates and how you can use this tool in a new blog post.

Find the right project for you.
Events and Opportunities:
NASA GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Photo Challenge

July 25 – August 25

NASA scientists need your photos of mosquito larvae and land cover to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Help them by submitting photos during this special challenge!

Take action!
Help Create an Inventory of Safe Drinking Water

August 4 & August 15

Live in the United States? Join two live, online events for an introduction to citizen science, to learn about water infrastructure in your community and to participate in the Crowd the Tap project live in partnership with SciStarter and the Kenosha Public Library.

RSVP Today!
For Libraries: Library Network and Grant Opportunity

SciStarter, in partnership with Arizona State University, is excited to announce the launch of the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network! Public, private and academic libraries are all invited to join.

The goal of this network is to provide resources, support and connections to libraries across the country interested in becoming community hubs for citizen science. In addition to other resources, featured on the Network’s SciStarter page is a new $1,600 grant opportunity for public libraries in the United States.

Join the Library Network
Explore other citizen science projects with our Project Finder!
New blogs:
TESS Needs Your Help Finding New Worlds via Astronomy magazine

As Ghost Forests Spread, Researchers Ask for Help Keeping Trackvia the SciStarter Blog

Girl Scouts Citizen Science in Southwest Indianavia the SciStarter Blog

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