Citizen science is research conducted, in whole or in part, by you, your neighbor, your grandparents; anyone who are considered an amateur or nonprofessional scientist. Through citizen science individuals, groups and families are provided with a fun opportunity to learn about a living thing and its environment, collect data on a living thing and its environment, and report the data collected to a larger pool of information that can be used by nonprofessional and professional scientists all over the world. As a citizen scientist you make a valuable contribution and become part of the scientific community.

AZA-FrogWatch-USA-Logo2The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is once again proud to host FrogWatch USA. FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that provides individuals, groups, and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. Volunteers collect data during evenings from February through August and have been submitting data for over 15 years.
Mudpuppies are a secretive, permanently aquatic salamanders found only in the eastern United States and Canada. Although considered a common species in many parts of their range, these animals are under threat from habitat loss and habitat degradation due in part to development projects resulting in over-siltation and water pollution. Help us track the health of our waters by tracking the health of Mudpuppies throughout the Mississippi River watershed.

Updated Mudpuppy tracking coming soon

MayfliesPhenology refers to key seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year—such as flowering, emergence of insects and migration of birds—especially their timing and relationship with weather and climate. Mayflies are indicators of water quality, and climate change, by tracking mayfly emergence on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge we can keep a sharp eye on the health of the Might Mississippi River.

Click here for more information on Mayfly Watch.

IowaterLogoIOWATER trains citizens to conduct basic water chemical, physical and biological measurements. IOWATER provides you the equipment and tools you need to start understanding and protecting Iowa’s valuable water resources.