Through Citizen Science Projects, anyone can conduct research from almost anywhere and record data that goes directly toward local or global scientific research. There are over 3,000 global citizen science projects. There are projects where senior citizens can make observations from the window of their room, families can research from their kitchen, schools can research from their playground, or local interest groups can research together as partners.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers multiple citizen science projects. If you are an amateur backyard birdwatcher or a birder with an extensive bird list, you may want to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count! Bird for 15 minutes or more at least one of the four days during the count from the comfort of your living room chair or on the frigid shore of a National Wildlife Refuge. This year’s count is February 12-15, 2021!