Opportunities for Citizen Science


It’s this deep urge that separates us from other living creatures. From this, we are motivated to develop tools that allow us to survive so efficiently that we are granted the luxury of spending less time struggling to find food and shelter, and more time doing what we want.

There is so much more to discover in science… so much about our universe that we still don’t fully understand. Thanks to so many recent technological developments, especially the Internet that connects us all, the opportunity to do real science is not far from anyone who has the personal interest and drive to grab on and go. Professional scientists are a critical component to the continuing advancement of our civilization, but amateurs are needed to not only help with the process of our collective growth in understanding… but also to grow personally with both a deeper understanding of the truth and an educated appreciation of the science that churns our world.

Join Dynamic Patterns Research and the greater community of amateur scientists… a community that was once actually more critical and populous than professional scientists!… with real opportunities to do real science. Here, we present to you these opportunities and other resources for doing real amateur science to give you the chance to contribute to the knowledge of our amazing universe… if not for the direct benefit of all civilization, but for the benefit of yourself.

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  • Chicago Wildlife Watch from Zooniverse :: Help Chicago understand how urban animals live among the city lights. Over 1 million photos of wildlife from the Chicago Loop out to the suburbs were collected by Lincoln Park Zoo and the Adler Planetarium. By identifying the animals in these images, the research is to determine how animals—from coyotes to chipmunks—share the Windy City.


  • 1-cropped-birds_5-22-2011_a2017-2018 Annual Christmas Bird Count :: coming soon | December 2017 through January 2018
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    With one of the oldest citizen science projects, the Audubon Society will guide tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission – often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.


  • SciStarter
    The best place online to discover recreational and research projects to contribute to and participate in as a citizen scientists.
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    Help map the connectome for the retina. This is such an exciting citizen science opportunity to participate in the coming scientific revolution that will allow us to better understand who we are. 
  • Firefly Watch
    Where did all of the fireflies go? Join the nation-wide citizen science team and the Museum of Science in Boston to help map out and study firefly behavior and habitat populations. This is a great project for families to do at home, and it only takes about 10 minutes per week in the evenings!


  • The Great World Wide Star Count :: October 25 – November 8, 2013
    Join thousands of students, families, and citizen scientists counting stars this Fall. An international event that encourages everyone to go outside, look skywards after dark, count the stars they see in certain constellations, and report what they see online. Download your Activity Log and get ready to participate in an exciting world-wide citizen science event. This event is supported by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
  • Identify Galaxies for Scientific Census
    The GalaxyZoo harnesses the power of the internet – and your brain – to classify a million galaxies. By taking part, you’ll not only be contributing to scientific research, but you’ll view parts of the Universe that literally no-one has ever seen before and get a sense of the glorious diversity of galaxies that pepper the sky.
  • NASA Science | Citizen Science
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is certainly comprised of some of the best scientist in our culture, but they also certainly respect the growing critical role of amateur scientisits. NASA provides resources for amateur astronomers … and anyone interested in looking up at night … to discover our universe and contribute your own observations, which will guide future developments by NASA scientists.
  • Stardust At Home
    Help scientists at UC Berkeley discover–for the very fist time–tiny particles of interstellar dust collected by the Stardust spacecraft. Use a special Virtual Microscope to search through nearly a million movies to hunt for an estimated 45 micron-sized intersellar dust particles. If you discover a particle, you will be listed as a co-author on all scientific papers published by the collaboration!
  • Project BudBurst
    Monitor the plants in your backyard and help track the effects of climate chain in your region. Join in with this national field campaign lead by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and report your observations of life cycle events from your own garden. Data is collected and analyized to better understand how plants behaviors are changing with respect to possible changes in regional climates.
  • CreekWatch :: an iPhone application developed by IBM Research that enables you to help monitor the health of your local watershed. Whenever you pass by a waterway, spend a few seconds using the Creek Watch application to snap a picture and report how much water and trash you see.
  • Be a Martian! with NASA :: Virtually explore the Martian landscape, and help identify geological features for NASA research.
  • Celebrate Urban Birds
    A citizen-science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is looking for more individuals and teachers to participate.
  • Birding.com Guide for backyard bird watching and identification.
  • Citizen Science in Australia
    ClimateWatch :: watch your favorite wildlife and plants, and record your observations online
    Melbourne Water Frog Census :: community-based frog monitoring program in the greater Melbourne region
    Frog Atlas Australia :: help develop an interactive map of frog distributions across Australia
    Waterwatch Australia :: a national community water quality monitoring network
    RabbitScan :: a national rabbit threat mapping and awareness campaign
    Birds in Backyards Surveys ::  contribute to research in bird conservation in Australia
    EarthWatch Institute – Australia ::  join an expedition with professional scientists and directly contribute to environmental sciences
    Reef Life Survey :: as a volunteer scuba diver, provide data for biodiversity surveys
    Barbara Hardy Centre for Sustainable Urban Environments :: partnering professionals and amateurs together in citizen science programs
    Sea Search :: explore the diversity of marine plants and animals found in Victoria’s Marine Protected Area
    RedMap:: help observe and map out species distributions in the Tasmanian waters

    (Source: “Discovering ‘citizen science'” :: Queensland Country Life, Matthew Cawood :: August 26, 2010 :: READ)


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Last updated August 7, 2022