Glass Creatures

Help Researchers Collect & Analyze Data

How To Help Scientists Help You, Part 3

Two fiery-billed ara

Amateur astronomers, divers, bird watchers, field naturalists and others can all be "citizen scientists", providing help to overburdened professional researchers. In some cases, help is needed collecting data. In others, help is needed to study, sort or transcribe data that's already been collected.

Here's some of the opportunities currently available:

amateur astronomers

American Association Of Variable Star Observers - Campaigns

Guide To Minor Body Astrometry: Collecting & analyzing data to report to the Minor Planet Center.

North American Meteor Network

amateur naturalists

American Eel Research (Hudson River tributaries): Check sampling nets & report results.

Journey North: A Global Study Of Wildlife Migration: Surveys monarch butterflies, whooping cranes, hummingbirds & more.

Wildlife Watch (USA): Surveys animals, plants and natural phenomena.


Bird Studies Canada - National Programs

BirdLife International: use their database to find bird conservation organizations in your country or region.

The British Trust For Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Citizen Science (North America)


British Seahorse Survey

The Nautical Archaeology Society: Surveying UK shipwrecks.

Seasearch: Divers help map seabed types around the British Isles.

The Shark Observation Network: Worldwide


Field Expedition: Mongolia: Help tag artifacts & clues in satellite photos.