This bird survey is an extension of the original Florida Lake Watch program that focuses on water quality issues. Participants learn to measure water chemistry parameters and identify plants and animals in Florida Lakes.
The GBBC is a joint project of the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The purpose of the GBBC is to track the abundance and distribution of North America's winter birds, as a means to ensure that common birds remain common, especially during a time when birds face many environmental hurdles.
The Christmas Bird Count is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society. It is an early-winter bird census, where volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It’s not just a species tally—all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day. All individual CBC’s are conducted in the period from 14 December to 5 January (inclusive dates) each season.
Citizen Science Projects with Non-Avian Species
- The Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network (FBMN) seeks to promote and survey the health of butterfly populations throughout Florida. It brings together volunteers and scientists in a field-based conservation and education program targeting butterflies.
- Frogwatch USA is AZA’s flagship citizen science program that allows participants to learn about wetlands in their community and help conserve amphibians by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads.
- Phenology refers to recurring plant and animal life cycle stages like bird migration, insect emergence, or leafing of trees. The USA National Phenology Network brings together citizen scientists, government agencies, non-profits, and students of all ages to monitor the impacts of climate change on plants and animals in the United States.
For a comprehensive list of projects in your area please visit www.scienceforcitizens.net.