One Cool Thing: Count Some Bugs for Science

Insects are a vital food source for migratory birds. Scientists need your help tracking how these insect populations are responding to climate change.

A citizen science project called Caterpillars Count! is recruiting volunteers to help understand how insect populations are changing. (NatGeo recently made evident that insects are in need of our help!)

As Discover Magazine explained, you can either go to a preapproved site or set up a site of your own. Most study sites will need to have at least 25 tree or shrub branches and be monitored on at least 10 different dates. You can explore and compare different sites online.

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