Be a Citizen Scientist

by | May 22, 2021

April is Citizen Science Month!!! What is that? You can sign up to be involved in numerous projects around the country. For example, my daughter and I are part of the Invasive Lantern Fly larvae strike force. This fly has devastated the hops, vineyards, and apple orchards in PA. We are fighting hard to not let it take hold in NY and NJ. So my daughter and I have specific grids where we locate the Tree of Heaven and search for egg masses. We then log our location, number of tree of Heaven, and if we see eggs. If we do, the DEC is alerted and they come and remove them. There are only two weeks left in this egg season.

Our next Citizen science project is each month we get a training YouTube video for an invasive species (plant or animal) to watch for when we are out and about. That lasts May through November.

Some projects are quite involved with several trainings, data collection techniques. You can really get involved with the science.

For young people, this volunteer work also counts as Junior Honors Society and Honor Society volunteer hours!

The bonus is community, being out in nature, sunshine, and learning the flora and fauna in your area! But the invasive lantern fly has cost farmers millions of dollars in lost produce so we can have an economic impact as well.

I want to join the Aquatic Strike Force. I need to buy a kayak for that one. What better excuse to buy a kayak and reserve time each month to go kayaking!

The great thing now is that much of the training is done via Zoom call so you can get started right away and you don’t have to travel far to learn what needs to be done.

With the apps that they use to help identify the plants and animals, and for you to log data, it’s really easy and a great family adventure.

The top photo is the before my daughter and I removed the invasive multiflora rose from choking this Eastern redbud. You can’t even see the trunk in the before photo. In the after photo, you can easily see the Eastern redbud. I hope it continues to flourish.

Sybil Cooper, PhD

Sybil Cooper, PhD

Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor/Health Coach


Having watched several family members die in their 50s and 60s from chronic disease, and completely rebuilding my heath after being diagnosed with several autoimmune disease and pre-diabetes, I learned a powerful approach based on ancestral health principles and behavioral coaching techniques, that I now use to help people like you regain your energy, conquer your belly bloat and flab, and look forward to that next phase of life.


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