Virtual Volunteering @ NYBG

You can contribute to scientific research from anywhere as an active participant in one of our digital transcription expeditions. All active online volunteers are eligible to receive NYBG volunteer benefits*.

Operation Red List: Plants of the Caribbean

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Threatened by climate change, deforestation, and sea-level rise, many Caribbean plant species are believed to be headed toward extinction. Fortunately NYBG researchers have developed new methods to rapidly assess conservation status using digitized herbarium specimens. Now more than ever, we need the help of citizen scientists to uncover additional collections of these high-risk species preserved in the NYBG herbarium archives. Focus your skills on transcribing scientific specimens, and join us in the fight to protect Caribbean biodiversity.

Journeys to the "Botanical Fountain of Youth": Expeditions of John K. Small (1869-1938)

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Travel back through time alongside 19th century botanist John Kunkel Small on his many expeditions to explore and understand the plants and people of our country's Subtropics. Get lost in a land that in Small’s words “had drunk in her own rejuvenating waters”. All while collecting historical data to help NYBG scientists reconstruct the primordial native flora of the Southeastern United States.

Unlocking Northeastern Forests: Nature’s Laboratories for Global Change

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Following this year’s unique research objective, “Mobilizing New England Vascular Plant Specimen Data to Track Environmental Changes”, The William and Lynda Steere Herbarium asks eager volunteers to help decode the long-term ecological effects of climate on natural landscapes (Learn more). To accomplish this, participants will strategically transcribe geo-temporal data from historical plant specimens collected in Northeastern temperate forests in the United States and Eastern Canada.

Resources / Training

Quick Start Guide to Herbarium Specimen Transcribing

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