Citizen Science

What is it? Citizen science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists. Here at the Kalamazoo Nature Center we offer a wide variety of scientific projects that volunteers can become involved in. We welcome groups and individuals of all ages and experience levels to join us in our conservation efforts. Becoming a citizen scientist is a great way to contribute to valuable research, learn about our environment, and connect with our natural communities!

How do I get involved? Join our team of dedicated citizen scientists by first filling out a volunteer application with your skills, interests, and weekly availability so we can match you with a project that is the best fit for you.

Citizen Science and Your Smartphone!    
In today's technologically advanced society you can now help researchers across the globe collect valuable scientific data with your phone! The following links describe different citizen science projects that you can participate in with the swipe of your finger. 
-Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) - help researchers document the locations of  300+ invasive plant and animal species
-iNaturalist, Project Noah, or Map of Life - help researchers document biological diversity my photographing what you see in nature 
-ebird - document birds you observe in real-time and contribute to avian research, education, and conservation  
-Project BudBurst - help researches gather data on plants throughout the seasons to help understand how they respond to a changing climate 
-Journey North - help researchers study seasonal migration by documenting your Monarch butterfly sightings as well as other migratory species 
-MI-Mast - help Michigan's wildlife managers track the cycle of fruits and nuts produced by trees and shrubs

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Sarah Reding
VP of Conservation Stewardship
(269) 381-1574 ext. 17

Ashley Wick
Biological Research Director
(269) 381-1574 ext.