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Citizen Science

Get Nerdy With Nature

The National Aquarium is calling on citizen scientists to help explore, identify and document urban wildlife in our Waterfront Park! Citizen science is an easy and exciting way for anyone to participate in scientific exploration. Your observations can help researchers and scientists gather information about everything from butterfly migration to oyster populations and more.

So, join us, and become a citizen scientist. Explore the Waterfront Park, snap photos of the wildlife you see and share it with our iNaturalist Waterfront Park Project, so you can help researchers better understand the diversity of urban wildlife right outside the Aquarium’s front doors. And it doesn’t have to stop there. Take your citizen science skills home, and document the nature you find in your own backyard!



Monitor select plant species so scientists can learn about their responsiveness to changes in climate locally, regionally and nationally, using Project Budburst. Photos and descriptions of plants being monitored in our Waterfront Park can be found here.



Identify bird species using the Merlin Bird ID App, a guide to North American birds. Just snap a photo or answer five simple questions, and the app generates a list of possible bird species.



Test temperature, clarity, dissolved oxygen, pH and salinity levels to determine water quality. Then, visit the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) website to enter your findings. Check back to see water quality data that has been entered from all across the world.



Submit your animal sightings using iNaturalist. Check for updates on species we find in the Aquarium's Biohuts and Floating Wetlands.

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