Connect: Participate in a Citizen Science Project
Citizen Science is an exciting partnership between the public and professional scientists. An opportunity for you and your students to conduct meaningful research, citizen science answers real-world questions with the help of observations and other data from your garden, schoolyard, and community. Here is a sample of current Cornell projects:
Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners (VVfG) – Read about, review, and find sources for more than 6,000 varieties. See also our list of 2011 recommended varieties for NY home gardeners. Vegetable variety investigations (Vvi) is the youth component of VVfG, connecting youth with gardeners in their community to review varieties and add them to the VVfG database. Youth learn interviewing skills and explore biodiversity.
The Lost Ladybug Project – Across North America ladybug species distribution is changing. Over the past twenty years several native ladybugs that were once very common have become extremely rare. Join Cornell researchers in finding out where all the ladybugs have gone in an effort to prevent more native species from becoming so rare.
Project Budbreak – Observe and document the effects of climate change on native plants in central New York by tracking flowering, leaf development, fruiting, and leaf dropping of common native trees and herbaceous species.