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04/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Be A Citizen Scientist, Help Study Climate Change

If you dreamed of being a scientist but took a different career path, here's your opportunity to do some side work to save the planet as a citizen scientist.

Here's the skinny - volunteers from all over the nation are needed to get outside and start paying attention. The USA-National Phenology Network will use observations made by the volunteers about seasonal events, like the flowering of plants and when trees fruit, to track the effects of climate change.

"This program is designed for people interested in participating in climate change science, not just reading about it," said USA-NPN Executive Director and U.S. Geological Survey scientist Jake Weltzin. "We encourage everyone to visit the USA National Phenology Network Web site and then go outside and observe the marvelous cycles of plant and animal life."

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