Adam Stevens argues for more science in citizen science. Worth a look, although as I’ve written, I see value in the non-research elements of citizen science as well.
Curiosity, for example, is awesome, and citizen science can help pique it. Also, helping kids develop the skills they will need to ultimately enter a scientific career.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology highlights some of its citizen science projects, with particular focus on their use in education.
Citizen science results: The effect of climate change on butterfly flight; finding “lost” plant species.
New (to me) citizen science projects: Uncover Your Creeks (water quality monitoring in Vancouver, British Columbia); Secchi App (a worldwide phytoplankton study).
Miscellaneous birding tidbits.
Steven Brust sends an open letter to his editor. It’s funny.
Also funny: Weird Al Yankovic’s set-up for teaching his daughter the piano. If I ever teach music, I’m going to replicate this.