CITIZEN SCIENCE

MISIN (Midwest Invasive Species Information Network)

Check out MISIN’s Citizen Science page on their website for information about their three great citizen science projects, Eyes on the Forest, MI-MAST Project and Backyard Bark Beetles.

iNaturalist

Have you ever been out hiking with friends and family and came across a unique plant but had no idea what it could be? iNaturalist is the solution you’ve been looking for! Using your smartphone, simply snap a picture of the plant or animal that’s caught your eye and upload it to the iNaturalist app. Once it’s uploaded, other users will be able to help identify the species you’ve found, and the best part is that if two or more people confirm the species, you’ve just contributed to real-world science just by observing!

For more information about this awesome app and how you can help scientists around the world, visit the iNaturalist website.

Michigan Herp Atlas

The Michigan DNR is in the process of documenting the population of Michigan’s reptiles and amphibians (herpetofauna or “herps”), and they need your help! You can use the mobile app to submit reports of reptiles and amphibians in your back yard. Click here to visit the Michigan Herp Atlas website.

Vernal Pool Patrol Project

Join the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI) and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) to monitor vernal pools across northern Michigan. These seasonal wetlands provide important habitat for both aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, and you can help contribute to the statewide vernal pool database. Visit the NEMIGLSI website for more information about this project.

Michigan Clean Water Corps

The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) was created to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing water quality data to be used in the management of water resources. MiCorps features two volunteer monitoring programs, the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program and the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program. To learn more about these efforts, visit the MiCorps website.