Spotlight on Maryland Biodiversity Project

Maryland Biodiversity Project highlights the stunning diversity of the plants and animals in Maryland, encouraging residents to celebrate and protect local species.

Published April 25, 2017

Maryland Biodiversity Project is a nonprofit, environmental conservation organization with the goal of cataloging every living thing in Maryland.

Since its inception in 2012, Maryland Biodiversity Project has catalogued more than 17,000 species in the state! More than 9,000 of those species currently have photographs in the project’s online database.biodiversity-duck-swimming

The project allows nature enthusiasts to contribute to the ever-growing database with photos and records of every type of vertebrate, invertebrate, insect, plant, fungus, and alga they can find in Maryland. By collecting and cataloging this information, Maryland Biodiversity Project advances its goal of building a vibrant general nature study community that celebrates and protects local wildlife. 

Maryland Biodiversity Project is an example of citizen science at its best! Citizen science is a collaborative process in which members of the general public contribute to scientific research through observations and data collection. People don’t need to be professional scientists to contribute to and advance scientific education—they only need an interest in learning more about science!citizen-scientist-identifying-wildlife

At the National Aquarium, we support citizen science initiatives such as Maryland Biodiversity Project. By becoming involved in citizen science, participants not only help contribute to greater scientific understanding, but—as is the case with Maryland Biodiversity Project—can become inspired to conserve local resources.  
 
Looking for an opportunity to participate in citizen science? Help us document the wildlife in Masonville Cove during our fourth annual BioBlitz!


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