We hope that exploring the data has shown you just how critical citizen scientists can be to important research! What you may not know is how fun the process can be. Get involved today by becoming a citizen scientist, or a data scientist!

Explore the different data providers to see how you could help...

  • Earthwatch
  • Schoodic
  • EMC
  • Acadia
  • eBird
  • iNaturalist
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Earthwatch Institute is an international nonprofit organization that connects citizens with scientists to improve the health and sustainability of the planet. Since its founding in 1971, Earthwatch has empowered nearly 100,000 volunteers from all walks of life to join leading scientists on field research expeditions that tackle critical environmental challenges around the globe – from climate change to ocean health, human-wildlife conflict, and more. Earthwatch works with all sectors of society, from corporations to teachers, students, community leaders, zoos and aquaria, and more.

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Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is a nonprofit organization that guides present and future generations to greater understanding and respect for nature by providing research and learning opportunities through its outstanding Acadia National Park setting and innovative partnerships.

Education and research at Schoodic Institute are intertwined, with participants of all ages contributing and learning by participating in citizen science. Our research informs natural resource managers in a time of rapid environmental change, and offers powerful educational experiences and opportunities to reach millions of Park visitors each year. Join us!

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EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.

EMC and its Federation companies also offer the Federation Business Data Lake Solution designed to make it easy to deploy a Business Data Lake to help customers leverage the new world of Big Data, thereby clearing the path for new insights and disruptive differentiation. Core products from the EMC Federation of Companies, EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware, provide the core functionality of the Federation Business Data Lake meeting the critical functional needs - Store, Analyze, Surface and Act.

Learn more at Or enroll in the free Data Lakes for Big Data MOOC and earn your certificate of completion.

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National parks rely on volunteers for citizen science, stewardship, and much more. Your efforts help us preserve America’s treasures. To find more information about opportunities to volunteer for citizen science and other activities in a park near you, visit or

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A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, eBird provides rich data sources for information on global bird abundance and distribution. eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. It is amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence, now approaching 200 million records. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users, with data open to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists.

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The Hawk Migration Association of North America – HMANA is a nonprofit organization that works to advance scientific knowledge and promote conservation of raptor populations through citizen science data collection and appreciation of raptor migration across North America. Since 1974, HMANA has supported the world’s largest bird migration monitoring network, promoted education on raptors and their migrations, worked to conserve migratory raptors, and archived raptor migration count data from more than 200 count sites in, its online repository. HMANA is an active partner in the Raptor Population Index Project, a raptor population monitoring program that produces conservation assessments and population trend analyses derived from counts of migrating raptors.

Learn more about HMANA at

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iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. It's also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose, or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users.

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Join more than 5,000 other naturalists across the nation, in taking the pulse of our planet. Nature’s Notebook is an off-the-shelf program appropriate for scientists and non-scientists alike, engaging observers across the nation to collect phenology observations on both plants and animals. Phenology data help us understand the impacts of climate change on people and the environment – from the arrival of spring, to whether bears will have enough food, to how much carbon trees will take out of the atmosphere. Plus, getting outside to look at plants or animals up-close will expand your knowledge of nature and open up new ways to experience the great outdoors.