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Websites to Follow

eBird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Discover a new world of birding with eBird! Created by the Cornell Lab or Ornithology, eBird is an online database of bird observations providing scientists, researchers, and amateur naturalists with real time data about bird distributions and abundance. Discover more here:

Citizen Science is an official government website designed to accelerate the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science across the U.S. government. The site provides a portal to three key components: a catalog of federally supported citizen science projects, a toolkit to assist federal practitioners with designing and maintaining their projects, and a gateway to a community of hundreds of citizen science practitioners and coordinators across government as called for in the Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act of 2016 (15 USC 3724). You can learn more about the activities of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science in this two-page overview document.


CoCoRaHS is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, their aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. For more information, click here: Information about CoCoRaHS

Caterpillars Count!

Caterpillars Count! is a citizen science project for measuring the seasonal variation, also known as phenology, and abundance of arthropods like caterpillars, beetles, and spiders found on the foliage of trees and shrubs. Participants collect data by conducting surveys on trees and shrubs and recording all of the arthropods observed. Click to learn about your next steps on how to get involved!

Pollinators in National Parks

More than 75 percent of the Earth’s flowering plants depend on bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators. Yet scientists have noted that these hardworking insects and other animals are in trouble. Learn more about pollinators, why they are important, and how we can help them. Our own well-being and the welfare of our planet rests upon their wings. Click to view more information: NPS Pollinators

USDA Plants Database

Plant List of Accepted Nomenclature, Taxonomy, and Symbols.

The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Click here to learn more: USDA Plants Database

Plant Sleuth – Plant ID YouTube Channel

Learn how to identify and care for plants with Dr. Andy Pulte of the University of Tennessee, where he take you through steps to identify a diversity of plants.

Visit the YouTube channel here: Plant Sleuth

Cornell University: Woody Plants Database

Learn how to identify and care for plants with Dr. Andy Pulte of the University of Tennessee, where he take you through steps to identify a diversity of plants.

Visit the YouTube channel here: Plant Sleuth

EJScreen: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

In order to better meet the Agency’s responsibilities related to the protection of public health and the environment, EPA has developed a new environmental justice (EJ) mapping and screening tool called EJScreen. It is based on nationally consistent data and an approach that combines environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports.

Click here to learn more: EJScreen

Surging Seas: Risk Finder

Climate Central’s Surging Seas Risk Finder aims to provide citizens, communities and policymakers with easily accessible, science-based, local information to help you understand and respond to the risks of sea level rise and coastal flooding.

The interactive toolkit includes maps, local sea level and flood risk projections, and potential impacts for population, land, and, depending upon location, other variables. It analyzes and compares risks among different administrative units as a way to identify hot spots of concern.

Click here to learn more: Surging Seas Risk Finder