Wondering why we use SciStarter?

Many of you might be wondering why we use SciStarter to manage our project.

SciStarter is a  website where citizen scientists can find, join, and contribute to science through more than 1600 formal and informal research projects and events.  

If you are already participating in other projects like, nestwatch, ebird, inaturalist, or project feederwatch, SciStarter is a way for you to keep track of your contributions to those projects as well as Sparrow Swap.

I’d like to introduce you to some of SciStarter’s features:

Messaging – We are happy to announce that you can now respond to the messages you receive from Sparrow Swap using your email. You can still log-in to SciStarter to see your sent and received SciStarter messages (see photo below). Please note, we cannot receive photos this way. If you need to send us a photo, email us at sparrowswap@ncsu.edu.

Your Profile- Through your profile (see below) you can fill out at a little more about your interests, activities, skills, and instruments.  Once you do this, SciStarter will recommend other projects you may be interested in. Your profile also gives you an overview of the number of projects you are participating in and your total number of contribution to SciStarter Affiliated projects, like Sparrow Swap. Right now, if you complete 3 tasks to complete your profile, you can receive a free ebook “The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science!” that features a chapter written by Dr. Caren Cooper, Sparrow Swap’s lead researcher.

Your Dashboard: The dashboard is a place for you to view and manage projects you are participating in. (See Below). 

My Projects, Bookmarks & Events – If you click on the My projects, Bookmarks & Events, you can get a more detailed look into the projects you are participating in. If you have joined a project, and haven’t participated in a while, the “Jump In” will direct you to resources you need to contribute!

We know SciStarter has been changing throughout this season and we appreciate everyone’s patience and feedback as we all have been adjusting to the changes!

If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to ask!


Sparrow Swap Team