Special Report

Babies are born natural scientists, exploring the world and discovering how things work. But few grow up to be scientists. In a five-part series, we look at how everyday citizens are contributing to science with the help of trained professionals.
Learn about some opportunities around Arizona and become a citizen scientist.
December 23, 2016
master gardener
How to create a backyard oasis is the focus of a community program in Yuma. What began as an effort to help home gardeners has become a scientific resource for the community.
December 23, 2016
Hundreds of people in Arizona voluntarily keep an eye on rainfall totals in their yards and report them to a database used by utilities, government agencies, gardeners, researchers, even weather geeks. Each rainlogger is a citizen scientist.
December 22, 2016
Data used to drive decisions about how to manage land and wildlife in the Southwest can come from unexpected sources. Whether counting birds or hunting them, people who enjoy the outdoors are contributing to the science of wildlife management.
December 21, 2016
citizen science
A kind of ecological treasure hunt is underway in northern Arizona for thousands of springs scattered across the landscape. It’s such a vast area it’s hard to find them and monitor their health. So scientists are training ordinary citizens to help them in the search.
December 20, 2016
citizen science
For 11 years, volunteer citizen scientists have gathered near Seligman, Arizona, to help spot, capture and release endangered black-footed ferrets. The survey is part of a program created by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to monitor a population of captive-bred ferrets that wildlife specialists began reintroducing to Aubrey Valley 20 years ago.
December 19, 2016