Stop critters from eating sunflowers - Citizen Science Contest Answered
The SciStarter Citizen Science Contest is live! This is your opportunity to help millions of citizen scientists contribute to real scientific discovery. Make their experiences better by coming up with solutions to some real annoyances that hinder their participation. To get you started, here is a specific--and very real--challenge sent to us by project organizers.
STOP CRITTERS FROM EATING SUNFLOWERS
Background: The Great Sunflower Project uses data collected by citizen scientists to create an online map of bee populations. Participants grow sunflowers, observe how many bees visit those flowers, and then submit their observations.
The Problem: Critters, like mice and birds, often eat the sunflower seedlings before the bees are able to visit. As a result, some volunteers are unable to collect and submit data.
The Challenge: Create a safe, simple way to ensure the sunflowers are protected from critters and reach maturation.
Enter now! Contest closes January 21, 2013