Last summer I introduced my German readers to a citizen science project that I enjoy very much. Especially during summer on warm days when some cooling down is very welcome.
How’s about a trip to Antarctica?
Obviously we cannot all just jump on a plane or ship. And too many visitors aren’t appreciated in Antarctica either.
No, this trip you can make sitting comfortably sitting on your sofa and you can help scientists on top of that.
Visit the website penguinwatch.org to count penguins. Scientists have set up cameras that automatically take photos. This way the animals are minimally disturbed. The site explains the procedures very well.
There are far too many pictures for the scientists to evaluate. So they count on people who enjoy clicking little guys in formal attire on their screen.
And the little rascals really are too cute. I especially like the pictures that feature penguin chicks.
If this is too much ice for you or you just fancy something else you can look around on the site for other projects.
You could for example help with the evaluation of bat noises or pictures from Serengeti (maybe something for winter time?). Or you can count worms, check out historical weather or british war diaries dating back to WW I. And there is more!
So far the penguins have been my favourites. They’re cute, always up to something and light and landscape are stunning.