Citizen Science Projects: Biology

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Sentry Program

The AIS Sentry Program educates and empowers community members to recognize and report aquatic invasive species throughout St. Louis County. The AIS Sentry Program helps prevent and limit the spread of AIS in waters throughout St. Louis County.

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St. Louis River Alliance, St. Louis County’s Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, Minnesota Sea Grant, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program

Volunteers collect data on birds, frogs, and their habitats to assess populations and their associations, contribute to to conservation management, and increase public awareness.

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Bird Studies Canada, Environment Canada, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Integrated Monarch Butterfly Monitoring Strategy

A national initiative to monitor monarch populations and habitat throughout the breeding range. The IMS uses a spatially balanced sampling scheme and draws from existing citizen science programs to deliver a suite of protocols that capture many aspects of habitat quality, threats, and monarch use of that habitat. Data gathered through the IMS contribute to existing population and habitat models that inform broad scale monarch conservation!

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Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

Midwest Invasive Species Information Network

The goal of this regional resource is to assist both experts and citizen scientists in the detection and identification of invasive species in support of the successful management of invasive species.

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Michigan State University, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan Department of Agriculture, Shedd Aquarium

Rare Plant Monitoring Program

Volunteers are trained to identify rare plants, conduct surveys, and submit data. Data is used to advance knowledge of rare plants in WI, and to help preserve rare flora for future generations.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources