Adirondack Wetland Monitoring Program for Citizen Scientists
Welcome! Have you ever wanted to learn more about the unique animals and plants that live in Adirondack wetlands? Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a citizen scientist? Then this program is for you.
This new opportunity provides a way for Adirondack enthusiasts of all ages to get outside and explore some of the most unique wetlands in the northeast while also learning how to collect critical information on the animals and plants found in these special places.
What is this program about?
The central goal of this program is to implement a citizen science monitoring program to gather phenology data for wetlands in the Adirondack Park.
Phenology refers to the study of the timing and seasonality of biological events. Phenology information helps us determine how wetlands are changing over time and figure out how animals and plants grow, reproduce, or behave differently during different times of the year.
Citizen science is a rapidly expanding field where community volunteers join in the process of collecting biological or environmental data. Citizen science projects allow for rich dialogues and sharing of information between professional scientists and community volunteers. This helps generate better strategies to understand and preserve the natural resources and ecosystems that we all rely on and cherish.
How do I get involved?
Six educational training workshops will be offered in 2015. These training days will be held at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb, NY and the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smiths, NY. Trained participants will be able to enroll in the long-term monitoring program and join a community of people and institutions committed to improving our understanding of Adirondack wetlands and conserving these unique places for future generations.
The dates and times for the 2015 workshops are as follows:
Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Saturday, May 30th, 2015
For all dates, two workshops will be held:
9am - 12pm at the Adirondack Interpretive Center
2pm - 5pm at the Paul Smith's VIC
Please feel free to attend the workshops closest to you! No prior experience with wetlands or citizen science is necessary.
The workshops in February and March will focus on identification of key bird, amphibian, and plant species and how to enter data into our electronic database. The workshop in May will include a field visit to a wetland site where we will put these skills to use.
In summer and fall 2015, trained volunteers will be able to actively monitor and report their observations and phenological data they collect at boreal wetland sites near them.Looking for more information?
If you have any questions, or would like to participate, contact:
- Kristin Pasquino
Adirondack Interpretive Center
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
6312 Route 28N, Newcomb, NY 12852
Phone: 518-582-2000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All photos credit: Samouel Beguin (2012-13)