Citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur scientists. Citizen science is sometimes described as “public participation in scientific research,” participatory monitoring, and participatory action research.
Birding provides numerous opportunities for involvement as citizen scientists. From the Great Backyard Bird Count in February to the Christmas Bird Count at the end of the year, volunteers are needed to help gather data on birds.
Occasionally, other local projects welcome the assistance of birders, from beginners to old pros. We’ll list these opportunities here as they arise.