Need an excuse to hit the beach? I’ve got you covered.
This Sunday, June 8, 2014, four ocean-related citizen science projects want you to explore the ocean by walking on the beach, going boating or fishing, by diving or stand-up-paddleboarding. Then you can report your observations.
The eBird program wants you to report on any and all birds you see on your trip, while eShark wants to know about your shark and ray sightings, as well as sawfish, turtles, jellyfish, seahorses, whales/dolphins, and seals, and anything unexpected.
Marine Debris Tracker, which I mentioned in this TEDx talk, would like to know if you see any trash or debris. Finally, for the Aussies, Redmap wants you to spot, log and map marine species that are uncommon in Australia.
These citizen science projects are open for observations all year round, but the World Oceans Day Event wants to raise awareness of both ocean conservation issues, and these citizen science projects.
Can’t make it to the beach this weekend? You can always support the initiative by buying a t-shirt.