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This Month's Feature: Citizen Science Opportunities for the Home Gardener
It’s never been easier than it is today for an organization or individual to gather information about insect populations, bloom times, plant performance, and other topics. Expanding the reach of a data-collecting study by enlisting the help of ordinary people is generally known as Citizen Science. You may also find projects under the labels “amateur science,” “crowdsourced science,” or “public participation inscientific research."
In recent times there has been an explosion of opportunities for gardeners to participate in data collection. One way to learn about opportunities is to visit SciStarter.com, an organization that helps bring together citizen scientists throughout the world, and provides resources that will enable you to pursue and enjoy thousands of projects, or to start your own. READ MORE