Get involved in Citizen Science with our Lost Ladybug Project!
Project Finale: Sunday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(Junior Citizen Scientists, pick up your certificate and bookmark!)
Across North America ladybug species composition is changing. Over the past 20 years, native ladybugs that were once very common have become extremely rare. During this same time ladybugs from other parts of the world have greatly increased both their numbers and range. This is happening very quickly, and scientists don’t know how, or why, or what impact it will have on ladybug diversity or the role that ladybugs play in keeping plant-feeding insect populations low. Join scientists in finding out where all the ladybugs have gone so they can try to prevent more native species from becoming so rare.
Save the 9 spotted ladybug!
How to get started
- Download the field guide here.
- Enroll your child(ren) as junior citizen scientists below and receive a certificate at the project finale on Aug. 3, 2014.
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About Citizen Science
Citizen Science projects enlist volunteer naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts and interested people to collect data that would be difficult, too expensive and even impossible to otherwise collect. Citizen Science is about public participation in scientific research. It’s also about community-based biodiversity monitoring.
Citizen Science asks individuals to contribute their observations of a particular thing to a central database, which trained scientists analyze. It infinitely extends the observational powers of trained scientists, allowing them to ask — and answer — questions about long-term and widespread changes in the environment that otherwise would be impossible to contemplate.
For individuals, it's a chance to connect with the outside world in a real, meaningful — and often fun — way.
The Lost Ladybug Project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0741738.
Program subject to change