What is Citizen Science?

Projects or ongoing programs of scientific work in which a network of volunteers, many of whom may have no specific scientific training, perform or manage research-related tasks such as observation, measurement or computation.

The use of such networks often allows scientists to accomplish research objectives more feasibly than would otherwise be possible. In addition, these projects aim to promote public engagement with the research, as well as with science in general. Some programs provide materials specifically for use by primary or secondary school students. As such, citizen science is one approach to informal science education.

The longest-running currently active citizen science project is probably the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, which started in 1900. and a variety of projects run by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

The links below will introduce you to several citizen science projects that are interesting and worthwhile to take part in and which are relevant tot BPQ’s mission. we hope that you will feel these are something you can participate in – whatever your level of knowledge about birds and birding, there will something there for you.

Take part

From backyards and city streets to remote forests, anyone who counts birds can contribute to research. Data from the projects described here are used to monitor bird populations and outline conservation efforts.

These projects are a partnership between the public and professional scientists. People across the continent are gathering data to better understand and conserve birds.

EVERYONE is invited to participate! No matter your location, age, or experience there is a project for you.