citizen science

New article on Dragonfly Mercury Project research

The foundational work on the Dragonfly Mercury Project was published today in the journal, Environmental Science & Technology, “A national-scale assessment of mercury bioaccumulation in United States national parks using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels through a citizen-science framework.” Working with citizen scientists, National Park Service scientists and research partners assessed mercury concentrations in dragonfly larvae […]

Scientists want your photos to study fall foliage in Acadia

BAR HARBOR, ME – Your old vacation photographs of Acadia National Park in autumn could help scientists research changes in fall foliage. Fall in Acadia seems to be arriving later, as warm temperatures extend longer into September and October. But are the leaves changing color later, too? Stephanie Spera, assistant professor of geography at University […]

Planning for the Future of the Dragonfly Mercury Project

The Dragonfly Mercury Project preceded the Second Century Stewardship initiative, but it is an exemplar of the type of science and stewardship the initiative supports and aims to grow—a project that engages the public (hands-on, in this case) and addresses issues critical to preserving our national treasures. The Dragonfly Mercury Project started at four parks […]