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Become a Citizen Scientist

Nature-lovers: you can play a part in conservation from your own backyard! Put your observation skills to work by sending along data from your daily wildlife encounters—from bumble bee sightings to unique leaf patterns—and make a contribution to biodiversity science!

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Bat Colony Report

Since the onset of White-nose Syndrome in Massachusetts, the state’s population of bats has dwindled to less than 1% of what it was. As a result of the drastic mortality from this syndrome, all species of cave-hibernating bats are listed as endangered in Massachusetts.

If you see a colony of bats (10 or more), please let MassWildlife know! Monitoring leads to advances in conservation and management for endangered bat species, ensuring protection and security of the colonies.

Email MassWildlife to report a bat colony and include the address, location, type of structure where the colony was found (tree or building), and approximately how many bats are in the colony.

Email your Report

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Bumble Bee Watch

As vital pollinators, these tiny insects play a huge role in the ecosystem. Precipitous population declines have affected several species of bumble bee, creating cause for conservation concern. Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. This citizen science project allows for individuals to:

  • Upload photos of bumble bees to start a virtual bumble bee collection
  • Identify the bumble bees in your photos and have your identifications verified by experts
  • Help researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees
  • Help locate rare or endangered populations of bumble bees
Join a Bumble Bee Watch
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Clean Swell

Join a global movement to keep beaches, waterways and the ocean trash free. Head out to your favorite beach and use the app to easily record each item of trash you collect. Then share your effort with family and friends.

Join the Movement
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Elephant Expedition

Virtually enter the Central African Rainforest of Gabon to help researchers find and count elephants. Hidden motion-sensor cameras are capturing images of creatures roaming the rainforest, both day and night. As members of the expedition, you’ll use a virtual field guide to classify what you see. In addition to elephants, prepare to spot buffalo, gorillas, big cats, and even humans! Using your data, researchers can better understand elephants’ movement patterns and population size. With this increased understanding comes more effective conservation strategies to help save elephants. You’re working with thousands of expedition members across the world, all united in working to protect elephants, with whom you can share and discuss your findings.

Enter the Rainforest
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FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Anyone interested in birds can participate.

Join a Feeder Watch

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Record what you see in nature, share your observations, join research projects, and learn about the natural world through this online community of nature lovers and scientists.

Become an iNaturalist
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iSeeChange empowers communities to observe how weather and climate affect their environment. The organization works to connect the public with national media & scientists to understand how climate change is impacting their daily lives.

Join iSeeChange

Map your Yard

Habitat Network is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of wildlife habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments. Individuals across the country can help by literally drawing maps of their backyards, parks, farms, favorite birding locations, schools, and gardens. The Network connects you with your landscape details and provides tools for you to make better decisions about how to manage landscapes sustainably.

Map your Yard
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Nature's Notebook

Nature's Notebook gathers information on plant and animal phenology across the U.S. to be used for decision-making on local, national and global scales to ensure the continued vitality of our environment.

Join more than 15,000 other naturalists across the nation in taking the pulse of our planet. You'll use scientifically-vetted observation guidelines, developed for over 1,000 species, to ensure data are useful to researchers and decision-makers.

Join Nature's Notebook


  • Help scientists by collecting valuable data on the successes and failures of nesting birds.
  • Become a certified NestWatch monitor using's online resources
  • Find active nests to monitor
  • Visit your nests every 3-4 days to record what you see
  • Report your data
Join NestWatch

Project NOAH

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. Through the Project, you can:

  • Discover thousands of organisms from around the world
  • Document nature
  • Help scientists with ongoing research
Join Project Noah