Citizen Science Projects: Ecology

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.

Sponsors

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

Bad River Watershed Monitoring Program

The overall objective of the BRWA Water Quality Monitoring Program is to establish at least a four-year baseline of water quality on the streams and rivers within our service area. The baseline data will be used to determine the overall health of watersheds and troubled spots will be investigated.

Sponsors

The Bad River Watershed Association

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

Great Lakes Worm Watch

Great Lakes Worm Watch is committed to increasing public understanding and appreciation of the role of exotic earthworms in ecosystems change across the region.

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University of Minnesota Duluth-Natural Resources Resarch Institute, National Science Foundation, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, The Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, The Coastal Zone Management Act, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

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!

Sponsors

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