Four ways people stuck at home became armchair naturalists during lockdown

Citizen scientists have helped researchers track the changing environment during the pandemic.

Jordan Patrick Cuff, PhD Candidate in Biosciences, Cardiff University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus citizen-science air-pollution lockdown urban-wildlife spiders

How Jeremy the lonely snail showed that two lefts make a right

Rare left-coiled shells in garden snails turn out to be a developmental accident not an inherited trait.

Angus Davison, Associate Professor and Reader in Evolutionary Genetics, University of Nottingham • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: citizen-science snails left-handedness

Balloon releases have deadly consequences – we're helping citizen scientists map them

Releasing balloons at weddings and other celebrations is festive, until they break into pieces and become plastic pollution. A citizen science project is spotlighting the problem.

Shannon Brines, Applied Geographer, Lecturer and Manager, Environmental Spatial Analysis Laboratory, University of Michigan • conversation
March 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  data  citizen-science  wildlife  gps  plastic  mapping  litter  microplastics  great-lakes  plastic-pollution

Spring is arriving earlier across the US, and that's not always good news

Climate change has advanced the arrival of spring by as much as several weeks in some parts of the US. This can mean major crop losses and disconnects between species that need each other to thrive.

Theresa Crimmins, Director, USA National Phenology Network, University of Arizona • conversation
March 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  birds  agriculture  plants  citizen-science  winter  spring  pollinators  seasonal-change  phenology

It's OK to feed wild birds – here are some tips for doing it the right way

Millions of Americans feed wild birds, especially in winter and spring. Studies show that this can influence birds' health and behavior in surprising ways.

Julian Avery, Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
March 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  biodiversity  birds  ecology  citizen-science  wildlife  wildlife-conservation  ornithology  competition  bird-feeding  wildlife-biology

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