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.
Join the 41st Annual Winter Feeder Survey!
Do you know that you can be a part of crucial scientific research by watching your bird feeders this winter? Bird enthusiasts of all experience levels are invited to join the 41st Annual Winter Feeder Survey!
A joint project between the Kalamazoo Nature Center and Michigan Audubon Society, the Winter Feeder Survey depends on citizen scientists from across Michigan collecting data by simply observing and recording what is at their bird feeders throughout the winter. This valuable information helps researchers follow the population trends of our feathered friends. The more feeders we watch, the more accurate the results! This program runs November through April, and KNC provides all of the materials necessary to get started. If you would like to participate in this important statewide project, contact John Brenneman at (269) 381-1574 ext. 30 or via email.