Citizen Science

SUMMER 2014 UPDATE: With such successful seasons of citizen science over the past few summers, we have enough information to address the questions this project began with. As it goes in science, these data have led to more questions to answer. The volunteers in this project observed that sweetclover and bird vetch continued to flower and maintain green leaves long into the autumn. This observation led to a new question that we can tackle using this citizen science network: Do non-native plants take advantage of extended fall growing seasons better than native plants across Alaska? This summer, we are expanding the list of native and non-native species monitored through this project. You can continue to monitor the site you monitored last year, or select new sites or new species.  Stay tuned as we issue the call for volunteers in June!

Welcome to the Pollinator Attraction Citizen Science Project!

As a part of the Melibee Project, we are gathering phenology data from citizen scientists in Alaska and the northern part of North America to help better understand how invasive plants, pollinators, and important food plants might interact in a changing climate.  We need your help. Watch this video (right) to learn about our research and why we need your help.

Click the links below to participate:

Sign up to be a citizen scientist! 

Monitoring Instructions


Submit Data

Play with the data!

Click the map below to go to an interactive map of our field sites.
Interactive Map of Melibee Sites

What are we doing with the data you collect?

Check out our reports!

Check out the latest science results and the latest award winners:

What did Melibee Project volunteers learn?

Katie Spellman,
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