The American Littoral Society was founded by scientists and naturalists who believed in the value of citizen science. Today, we continue that tradition—engaging members of the public in field research to increase the data collected and to connect our volunteers more closely to the natural world. Here are some ways you, your kids and grandkids, your students and your friends can get involved in science that will help the coastal environment:
American Littoral Society Fish Tagging Program
Marine biologists from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute need help from citizen scientists to gather data about sightings of jellyfish, red tides, squid, and other unusual marine life. When you are at the beach or in the ocean, you can contribute to a long-term dataset by reporting about the animals you saw or the conditions of the beach. You can also help by reporting when the beach is clean or when there are no jellyfish in the water. You can help even more by submitting a picture of what you saw. Visit http://jellywatch.org/.
Help marine researchers understand what whales are saying. Listen to recordings of Orcas and Pilot Whales on your computer and help match them to like recordings. This project is sponsored by Scientific American, Zooniverse, and marine scientists from around the world. This is great for ocean lovers who don't live near the ocean. Visit http://whale.fm/