NASA Needs Your Help During the August eclipse

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured a solar eclipse. photo courtesy: NASA


On August 21, a shadow will fall across North America. Towns along the eclipse path of totality are eagerly making plans to accommodate the thousands of visitors expected to trek out for the celestial marvel. NASA scientists are searching for people who are making plans to watch the eclipse, either at home or traveling.   All of North America will experience at least a partial eclipse,  this is where you can become a NASA citizen scientist.

The Crowd & The Cloud | Even Big Data Starts Small

The Crowd & The Cloud, Even Big Data Starts Small airs on WSKG-TV April 5, 2017 at 11pm

Are you interested in birds, fish, the oceans or streams in your community? Are you concerned about fracking, air quality, extreme weather, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, Zika or other epidemics? Now you can do more than read about these issues. You can be part of the solution. Smartphones, computers and mobile technology are enabling regular citizens to become part of a 21st century way of doing science.

Global Big Day

Prairie Warbler by Greg Gard

Global Big Day is a single day uniting birdwatchers worldwide across political boundaries and language barriers, all brought together by the shared passion for birds. Global Big Day takes place on May 14, 2016, is easy to participate in and helps scientists learn about bird populations and migration patterns. Submit Your Data to eBird on May 14
It’s that simple. If you submit your birds to eBird they count. Learn how to take part.

Look for El Niño Surprises During the Great Backyard Bird Count

Orange highlights the above-normal warmth of equatorial surface waters in the Pacific that are driving the current El Niño. Image courtesy of NOAA. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,  the El Niño weather phenomenon warming Pacific waters to temperatures matching the highest ever recorded, participants in the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), may be in for a few surprises. The 19th annual GBBC is taking place worldwide February 12 through 15. Information gathered and reported online at will help scientists track changes in bird distribution, some of which may be traced to El Niño storms and unusual weather patterns. “The most recent big El Niño took place during the winter of 1997-98,” says the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Marshall Iliff, a leader of the eBird program which collects worldwide bird counts year-round and also provides the backbone for the GBBC. “The GBBC was launched in February 1998 and was pretty small at first.

"Science of Clouds," free webinar from SciGirls

Badlands National Park, SD Photo by Shaina Niehans, NPS
Get your girls involved in citizen science with a free webinar from SciGirls focused on cloud science. The webinar will take place  November 3rd, at 12 pm. Visit to register. Sarah Crecelius from the NASA Langley Research Center will present S’COOL (Students’ Cloud Observations Online): The S’COOL Project involves participants ages 5-20+ in real science, making and reporting ground truth observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA’s CERES satellite. Ralph Bouquet from Nova Labs will also be joining us to discuss Cloud Lab.

The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

Orange-and-black wings fill the sky as NOVA charts one of nature’s most remarkable phenomena: the epic migration of monarch butterflies across North America. To capture a butterfly’s point of view, NOVA’s filmmakers used a helicopter, ultralight, and hot-air balloon for aerial views along the transcontinental route. This wondrous annual migration, which scientists are just beginning to fathom, is an endangered phenomenon that could dwindle to insignificance if the giant firs that the butterflies cling to during the winter disappear. Learn more & get involved:

Monarch Watch
Learn how to create “waystations” for monarch butterflies, read about the life cycle of the monarch, and more at this website from the University of Kansas. Journey North: Monarch Butterfly Migration
Join others and help track the monarch population as the butterflies migrate across North America each year.