By counting, measuring, and identifying stingrays, sharks, and skates, as well as bottom fish, high school students help scientists make connections between human activities, natural events, and the health of coastal waters.
After cleaning up a local stream, the United Anglers of Casa Grande revived the trout population and then added to it by creating a hatchery. Working with marine scientists, they aspire to protect and enrich trout and salmon species, using only donations to stay afloat.
Eyes on Eggs
At one annual coastal-cleanup day, thousands of volunteers, many of them school-age kids, pick up trash along coastal and inland waterways, canyons, and streets. During a recent outing, more than 5,000 volunteers compiled roughly 45,000 tons of trash and recyclables at sixty sites.
Take a Breather
Citizen scientists of all ages check the effects of climate change in their own backyards, noting details such as plant and tree blooms to help scientists determine the role and impact of global warming.
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