Churchville Nature Center
Useful Links & Citizen Science
Citizen Science Organizations
Birding
  • ebird
    • Run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this is an international database of bird sighting. They are constantly receiving public lists/sightings of birds from various locations that give researchers a comprehensive look at populations, trends, habitat changes and migrations. There is an app available for ease of use for the amateur and professional birder alike. They run special event days suck as the Global Big Day and help compile other projects. Everything from behavioral studies to the effects of climate change are analyzed through the data compiled here.
  • Audubon Christmas Bird Count
    • Held each December to measure populations of overwintering bird species, the Christmas Bird Count is the oldest nationwide citizen science study. The center's survey area includes all of our properties, Tamanend Park, Playwicki Farms and Village Shires. There are teams all over the area so check out the link to find the perfect area to join!
  • Pennsylvania Annual Migratory Count
    • This survey is a Pennsylvania wide study held each spring to monitor migratory bird populations. The center holds our Migratory Marathon simultaneously and covers the same areas as the Christmas Bird Count. Following the link will take you to the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology where they have several other ways to get involved.
  • The Great Backyard Bird Count
    • For several days each February, participants record birds for as little as 15 minutes. This data is uploaded online to provide real-time data for researchers to use. An easy and fun way to participate in science!
  • Nest Watch
    • While you need to get certified through a simple test, participants record data on each bird's nest they have located. Data is taken every 3 or 4 days throughout the development from egg to fledgling.
  • Project FeederWatch
    • A winter long survey where participants record birds that come to their yard as frequently as they want from November to April. Data uploaded to the site provides researchers with a means to track long term trends in distribution and abundance.
Invertebrates
  • The Xerces Society
    • A non-profit group dedicated to studying and preserving invertebrates with an emphasis on pollinators. They host several studies including Bumblebee Watch, PondWatch and several Western Monarch studies that all need citizen scientists to help them collect data. Xerces also links to other invertebrate related citizen science projects that are available through other non-profits.
  • Migratory Dragonfly Partnership
    • Supported by the Xerces Society, this non-profit operates PondWatch a survey of migratory dragonflies as well as offers a dragonfly ID app and operates an online dragonfly database.
  • Monarch Watch
    • One of the leading groups for Monarch conservation, Monarch Watch provides a plethora of information and resources for monarch enthusiasts. The nature center participates in their Monarch Tagging Program, but you can also participate in it as well from home. Learn more at their website.
Reptiles & Amphibians (Herping)
  • Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation - MACHAC
    • A regional non-profit partnership focused on researching amphibian and reptile populations as well as working to restore vital habitat. They operate several projects and events to get involved with include ones on the bog turtle and eastern hellbender.
  • PARS - Pennsylvania Amphibian & Reptile Survey
    • Run by the Fish & Boat Commission and MACHAC, PARS is a Pennsylvania wide atlas of all reptiles and amphibians within state borders. They record sightings uploaded by the public and organize/train volunteers to go out and participate in outings to broaden the scope of their data. PARS seeks to understand species abundance and conservation needs of our native herpetiles.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers & Re-Homing Pets
Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers
Churchville is not a rehabilitation center and is not equipped to take in injured wildlife. Below are links for the closest wildlife rehabilitation centers.
Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center
1531 Upper Stump Road, Chalfont, PA 18914
215-249-1938
Mercer County Wildlife Center
PO Box 161 Titusville, NJ 08560
609-414-2108
Re-Homing A Pet
If you are looking to re-home a pet, the links below are for the closest non-profits that specialize in the process.
Women's Animal Center
3839 Richieu Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
215-750-5252
Formerly the Women's Humane Society, they accept all common mammalian pets.
Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary
Lancaster, PA
A reptiles only sanctuary, they will either accept your pet or help you find a new home through their networks.
Scales & tails Exotic Pet Rescue
Randolph, NJ
This group will help you re-home your reptiles, but do not typically take in pets themselves. They will take in ferrets.
Phone & Tablet Apps
Wildlife Identification Applications
  • Merlin
    • A free bird identification app from the Cornell Ornithology Lab. A comprehensive ID app that allows you to upload a picture for identification or asks 5 questions to narrow your bird down to a select group of possible species. Lists for results are regionally specific.
  • PictureThis
    • A free app that will help you ID plants with photo recognition. There is a paid version you can purchase if you choose.
  • Seek
    • Another free ID app. Connected to iNaturalist, this app helps ID plants, animals and fungi. Always getting smarter, the more photos you take the better the AI gets.
Citizen Science Applications
  • iNaturalist
    • Are you a citizen scientist or want to be one? Then consider contributing to the iNaturalist network. The app will help you identify the species you take pictures of and records their location to help scientists studying biodiversity. You can create a project such as an area wide bio-blitz with this app on a desktop or laptop.
  • ebird
    • For amateur and professional birders alike, this app helps you contribute to bird research in a global database. Its easy to use and contributes to migratory and population research as well as research in everything from habitat loss to climate change. Free to use, but requires observers to be able to identify their sightings correctly.
  • Dragonfly ID
    • App connected to the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, it helps you identify dragonflies and allows you to record them correctly on the Pond Watch website.
Disclaimer: The Churchville Nature Center does not receive any endorsement from the organizations or companies listed on this page, nor do we specifically affiliate with or endorse them either. While we have reviewed these resources, we are not responsible for external websites or their content. We seek only to provide the public with the knowledge that these resources are available to them in compliance with our mission to promote preservation, education and responsible environmental stewardship.
Photo identification apps are not an exact science and can result in ID errors. In choosing to utilize these resources, you assume the responsibility of their use. Act responsibly in how/where you take pictures and whether you choose to use these applications for foraging means. Always be responsible when harvesting wild resources and make sure to do it in designated areas.
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