The Bruce Museum is offering new Citizen Science projects and looking for participants. No experience necessary -- just a willingness to help out!

Our programs are for classrooms, families, or individuals. Please contact Tim Walsh, Manager of Natural History Collections and Citizen Science, by email twalsh@brucemuseum.org or call 203-413-6767.

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Cat Tracker

Image © Cat Tracker, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Image © Cat Tracker, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Find out the secret life of your feline friend. Investigate where and how far your outdoor cat roams by tracking them with GPS technology. Does your cat stay in the backyard or does it wander into your neighborhood?

 

In partnership with a research project at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, we will be comparing your cat’s range data with those from coyote-free Long Island to see if they roam differently when a top predator is nearby. We have harnesses and GPS units available for loan at no charge.

Connecticut Turtle Atlas

Turtles are currently the most endangered vertebrate animal group, with more than 58% of the world’s 335 species threatened with extinction. Twelve species are native to Connecticut; some, such as the wood, bog, spotted, and box turtles are in decline.

A beautiful Eastern box turtle featured on the iNaturalist project page. Photo by Tim Walsh.

A beautiful Eastern box turtle featured on the iNaturalist project page. Photo by Tim Walsh.

Volunteers for the Connecticut Turtle Atlas will collect data on specific locations and the abundance of all turtle species found throughout the state. These volunteer scientists will gather the data online or through a smartphone-based app using the iNaturalist.org platform. The information gathered will be used to map distributions, identify important habitats, locate areas of nesting abundance, and detect roadways with high traffic-related mortality. In addition, there will be opportunities to assist with various aspects of turtle research and fieldwork.

School of Ants

A temporary display at the Bruce Museum showing an aluminum cast of a fire ant nest, a 20x model of the Eastern carpenter ant, and a collection kit for the School of Ants.

A temporary display at the Bruce Museum showing an aluminum cast of a fire ant nest, a 20x model of the Eastern carpenter ant, and a collection kit for the School of Ants.

The Bruce Museum’s latest Citizen Science initiative, School of Ants (in collaboration with University of Florida and North Carolina State University) allows you to collect real data on ants that live in urban areas for research scientists. These researchers will use your ant collections to map localities and distributions, monitor the spread of invasive species, and view the effects of climate change across the United States. The project is perfect for teacher, student, and family participation; the collection process takes a little more than an hour. Maps created from the data can show effects of urbanization, invasive species and even climate change. Collection kits are available free of charge at the Bruce Museum.