Dragonfly Swarm Project
Have you ever seen a large group of dragonflies flying in a large group away from the water? If so, you’ve seen a dragonfly swarm! Dragonfly swarms are groups of dozens to billions of dragonflies that are either swarming over a discrete area (a static swarm) or obviously moving from one place to another (a migratory swarm). Swarming in dragonflies is very hard to study because you have to be in the right place at the right time to see one, so inviting the public to share their findings through a citizen science project is the best way to learn more about how and why swarms form and how this behavior benefits the rest of the world. In this project, you will step inside a swarm, as witnessed by an American, Canadian, or Mexican citizen scientist, and help us digitize the handwritten records from the first year of the Dragonfly Swarm Project!
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Pennsylvania Mussels Project
Archaeological records show that Native Americans have harvested mussels for ten thousand years. They have been used as plates, spoons, hoes, food, jewelry, buttons, and so much more! Mussels are also often overlooked aquatic gems that can tell us so much about our water quality. Wade into the waters of Pennsylvania and help us uncover these hidden treasures.
Western Carolina Fishes Project
Imagine spending your spring break exploring the waterways of North Carolina from the mountains to the sea. By transcribing this historical university collection, you can join professors and their students from Western Carolina University on their class field trips. From clear mountain trout streams to salt marshes, discover what they found and help us in documenting this diversity. So grab your net and wade on in!
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HISTORICAL NCSM AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES
Interested in the amphibians and reptiles of the Carolinas and the Southeast? The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science’s amphibians and reptiles collection was started in the late 1800s by Museum co-founder C.S. Brimley and today contains approximately 265,000 specimens of salamanders, frogs, turtles, crocodilians, lizards, and snakes. This collection is one of the largest and most complete regional collections in the U.S., and provides critically important information on past and present geographic distributions of these species in our region. Help us make these data available to the world!
Frogs and Toads
Frogs and toads galore! The Southeast U.S. is home to a rich diversity of frogs, especially in the coastal plain. Hop on in!
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Low in species diversity but high in morphological diversity, Southeast U.S. lizards are important members of any healthy ecosystem. Jump on in!
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Move over Tarheels, this is the Salamander State! With at least 60 recognized species, North Carolina boasts more species of salamanders than any other, helping to make the Southeast U.S. a global biodiversity hotspot for salamanders. Creep on in!
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Rightly loved and unfairly loathed, snakes are an essential part of our natural and cultural heritage in the Southeast U.S. Slither on in!
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The Southeast U.S. boasts a spectacular diversity of turtles. Under threat from development, vehicular traffic, and overharvesting for the pet, food and traditional medicine trades, historical records of turtles in the Southeast U.S. have never been more important. Crawl on in!
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Duke Marine Invertebrates Project
Discover the weird and wonderful from shallow beach waters to the deep ocean! From mud dragons to slipper lobsters, comb jellies to sea squirts, oysters to octopuses, the Carolinas are home to an astounding diversity of marine invertebrates. Starting in the late 1930s, research scientists at the Duke Marine Laboratory played an integral role in documenting the biological diversity of the western Atlantic Ocean. The resulting collection was recently donated to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and provides insight needed for effective conservation and management of marine communities. So scutter on into this project, and help us make these data available to the world!
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Charleston Invertebrates Project
Tarantulas and sea biscuits and snails, OH MY! Spanning an area extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains, the Carolinas provide a backdrop for a unique and hyper-diverse invertebrate fauna, many of which are yet to be described, or even discovered. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences recently acquired a collection of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial invertebrates dating back to the 1800s. This collection provides invaluable information on the distribution of an impressive array of species over time, each with a unique story to tell. So creep on into this project, and help us make these data available to the world!
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Charleston Fishes Project
Ever wondered what lived in the rivers and coastal waterways of the Carolinas 200 years ago? We can find out using data from this recently acquired collection from the Charleston Museum which dates back to the 1800s! This historical snapshot not only tells us what lived in these waters long ago, but helps to document changes in the biodiversity of the Carolinas over time. This collection is an essential resource for the conservation and management of many species of fish. So cast your line into this project and help us make these data available to the world!
- Number of Transcriptions: 3578
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Charleston Amphibians and Reptiles Project
Curious about the amphibians and reptiles discovered by scientific explorers around the world, or maybe those encountered by plantation workers in the Low Country of the Carolinas back in the 1800s? We recently acquired a historic collection of scientific specimens of salamanders, frogs, turtles, crocodilians, lizards, and snakes from the Charleston Museum. This collection provides critically important information on past geographic distributions of these species. So slither on into this project, and help us make these data available to the world!
- Number of Transcriptions: 2825
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Duke Marine Lab Project
North Carolina is home to a staggering diversity of marine fishes, with new species still waiting to be discovered. Documenting the extent of this species richness is a monumental task. Over the last century, scientists at the Duke University Marine Laboratory have been using research vessels to gather a more complete picture of what lives below the surface of the sea. The resulting collection, which was recently donated to our Museum, spans decades and represents a truly remarkable snapshot of the Western Atlantic Ocean. This collection is incredibly important for marine science and conservation. Dive into this project and help us make it available to the world!
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