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Are you a citizen scientist AND a logophile? Love to connect data with dynamic narrative - or maybe just a good science story? Some may think language and science are disconnected but we don’t! 

Neither does SciStarter - today they’ve included the TC in their newsletter along with Notes from Nature, Mark2Cure, Ignore That! and The Verb Corner in their newsletter. Read more about these projects, along with the links to get started, here: http://bit.ly/1TqzGuN

Ready to get started on field notes? Find some here shared by Smithsonian Institution Archives and the Field Book Project. If you’re new(er) to field notes transcription, you might want to try reviewing - other volunteers tell us that is a great way to get comfortable with handwriting and other tricky features.

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Dark Sky Meter on SciStarter
Dark Sky Meter is a citizen science project to help scientists measure, understand effects of light pollution. The Dark Sky Meter (available for iPhones) allows citizen scientists to contribute to a global map of nighttime light pollution. Light pollution is a growing problem in urban environments, but now you can help scientists better understand its effects on the environment. The map is also a great help for (amateur) astronomers looking for dark skies. By utilizing the camera built in to your iPhone, the Dark Sky Meter actually measures ‘skyglow’ and updates the data in real time. The app also charts weather conditions and cloud cover so you can take readings at optimal times. The app is as easy to use as taking a picture, and is a fun way to learn about your night sky.

For Pokemon Go folks that like to hunt at night, you can also contribute to SCIENCE. 

The Dark Sky Meter app does cost $1 to purchase (which is cheaper than most similar apps) to cover hosting of the real time map application. They do NOT currently have grant funding to cover the project, so rely on the $1 for downloading the app to keep project funded.