Community Science 101 (online)

The Museum is Hotspot in ebird (a citizen - community science project with a global reach)

Beginner? Expert? Great!

You don’t have to be an expert to be part of scientific research. Learn to observe and report on animals and plants you see, hear, or photograph. From eBird to the Zooniverse, discover research projects that fit your interests, and see how your data can be used to benefit ongoing scientific research, including the effects of climate change.

To sign up and receive the Zoom link, please email  for this online program.

Citizen science or community science is real scientific research conducted by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists. There are a huge number of ways to get involved: tracking migratory birds, participating in a bioblitz, studying animal behavior, counting pollinators or plant species, etc.

This program is best suited for adults and teens. It is offered through the Thetford Libraries.

For more info on Citizen Science and Citizen Science Month you can also visit

Presented by Erin Talmage, Executive Director of the Birds of Vermont Museum.  Erin earned her MS in Wildlife Biology from UVM with a focus on ornithology. She serves on two Vermont Scientific Advisory Groups, Birds and Reptiles-and-Amphibians. When not at the Museum, she can often be found looking for salamanders for the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, collecting data for iNaturalist and eBird, or volunteering with the Four Winds Nature Institute and Vermont Master Naturalists.