Be a Citizen Scientist

utah water watchUtah Water Watch is a water quality education and data collection program that seeks to increase awareness about the importance of water quality and promote stewardship of Utah’s aquatic resources.  It’s a free program and is open to volunteers of all ages.  If you have an interest in lakes or streams and would like to learn more about the water quality and help monitor, then you should be a volunteer!  Contact the Program Coordinator at



Citizen Science with the Tracy AviaryCitizen-science-logo-TA-BW2-300x180 is an opportunity to get involved in research projects as well as a two-way learning opportunity in which volunteers and researchers alike learn about Utah birds and their habitats.  The City Creek Citizen Science Project helps monitoring the health of City Creek Canyon using birds as indicators. Contact: Carolina Roa at (801) 596-8500 x. 114  or



DSC_0137-1Citizen Science with Monarch Butterfly Migration. The monarch butterfly exhibits the most highly evolved migration pattern of any known species of butterfly or moth and perhaps any known insect, but their numbers are down and this site, with the help of Citizen Scientists, is looking for the reason(s). It allows the public to report all sightings to real-time migration maps to monitor butterfly migration each fall and spring as they travel to and from Mexico. The Jordan River is a great location for such sightings.


projectbudburst.jpg__225x1000_q85Project BudBurst is a network of people across the United States who monitor plants as the seasons change. We are a national field campaign designed to engage the public in the collection of important ecological data based on the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting of plants (plant phenophases). Project BudBurst participants make careful observations of these plant phenophases. The data are being collected in a consistent manner across the country so that scientists can use the data to learn more about the responsiveness of individual plant species to changes in climate locally, regionally, and nationally.