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Here in the United States we celebrate Independence Day with neighborhood parades, pyrotechnic extravaganzas, backyard barbecues, and other patriotic nods to those who helped shape our nation.

Our colleague Caren Cooper at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology marks July 4 by celebrating one of Thomas Jefferson’s lesser-known contributions to our country (besides, you know, declaring our independence and serving two terms as president): CITIZEN SCIENCE! Check out her fascinating post and call-to-action on the Scientific American guest blog.

And hey, in that same festive spirit, we’ll toot our own horn a little bit here. Several Your Wild Life public science projects have been in the news lately – Read, listen and watch about our most recent project findings!

Belly Button Biodiversity in the Huffington Post Canada

Arthropods of Our Homes on WRAL, WUNC and the News & Observer

Wild Life of Our Homes in Discover Magazine (Subscription required for full article).

Happy Fourth of July!