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Hummingbirds @ Home

Hummingbirds @ Home

Hummingbirds at Home is a new citizen science project from the National Audubon Society designed to help scientists understand how climate change, flowering patterns and feeding by people are impacting hummingbirds.

On the Hummingbirds at Home website citizen scientists can track, report on and follow the spring hummingbird migration in real time.  There is also a free mobile app to make it easy to report sightings, share photos and learn more about these birds.

Citizen Scientists can participate on a number of levels--reporting a single sighting or documenting hummingbird activity in their community throughout the life of the project, for example. Help Audubon scientists document the hummingbirds' journey and direct change in the future to ensure these birds do not disappear.

Project Details

  • PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Gary Langham, VP and Chief Scientist
  • SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: National Audubon Society
  • DATES: Friday, March 22, 2013 - Saturday, June 15, 2013
  • PROJECT TYPE: Observation
  • COST: Free
  • GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
  • HOW TO JOIN:

    Subscribe to Audubon’s e-mail list to receive additional information closer to the start date.

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What Is Citizen Science?

Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project was SETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. And they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt. We'll add projects regularly—and please tell us about others you like as well.

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