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.

Wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)

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 last training workshop in this year's trainings will be held Saturday, May 30th, 2015, 9am - 1pm at two locations:

  • Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb, NY
  • Paul Smith's Visitors Interpretive Center

Please feel free to attend the workshops closest to you! No prior experience with wetlands or citizen science is necessary.

This workshop iwill include a field visit to a wetland site where we will put these skills to use and a look at an optional Cloud-based app for collecting and recording data.

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?

White-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis

Check out Citizen Scientist Handbook! (file size 3MB) This document provides details on how the program will work. You can also read more about phenology and boreal birds

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:

All photos credit: Samouel Beguin (2012-13)


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