The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) challenges anyone with an interest in Maine ecosystems to get outside and help monitor for invasive species this summer. Citizen scientists of all ages can participate in GMRI’s first Citizen Scientist Challenge and partner with scientists to study changes in local environments.
Participants will choose a location and species to observe over the summer. They will share their findings online through Vital Signs, an online community that links citizen scientists and scientists. For each observation shared, participants will be entered to win prizes, such as Amazon gift cards and an iPad Mini.
“The Citizen Scientist Challenge is a great way for kids and families to ask their own research questions and get outside to do science throughout the summer months,” said Christine Voyer, Vital Signs program manager. “Citizen science also helps scientists, who can't be everywhere at once, by providing additional eyes on the ground.”
The Citizen Scientist Challenge is currently underway and will run throughout the summer. Scientific observations must be published on vitalsignsme.org by Sept. 1, and prize winners will be announced Sept. 15.
For more information on how to enter the 2014 Citizen Scientist Challenge, visit www.vitalsignsme.org/csc2014.