1. the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists
Please check out “Resources” on the top bar for volunteer opportunities such as this one from Wild South.
The more eyes the better! Anyone can become involved in this citizen science project. Most of us carry our phones and use them as our camera while hiking and walking. Here is an easy way to help out!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Citizen Science Protocol and a PDF of the Bumble Bees of the Eastern US Guide.
Here are a few initial steps that you need to complete to get started searching and submitting observations to Wild South`s iNaturalist project.
1) If you don’t have an iNaturalist account then go set one up!
2) Once you have an account set up, email email@example.com your user name and he will invite you to Wild South`s iNaturalist project (this is where you will submit your observations).
3) Once you’ve set that account up and received Morgan`s invitation to join the project, then you’re all set to go. Just be sure to read through the protocol to see what kinds of photos you need to capture and what kind of information you’ll be entering to the project and then go out and find some bumble bees!
A note on materials: A small glass jar that fits your camera lens is needed. Morgan can provide you with one or you can pick up a clear mason jar at the store.
A fact sheet on the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee is available from:
U.S.Fish & Wildlife Service.
Hemlock Restoration Initiative would like to invite you to celebrate Earth Month by volunteering at one or both of our upcoming work days.
On Thursday, April 26th from 10 am to 4 pm, we will be working at the Forest Restoration Alliance research and breeding facility in Waynesville, NC. We will work in and around their greenhouses to help with their selective breeding program, which may include repotting trees in the greenhouse, helping prepare their new indoor facility, weeding or other maintenance in their outdoor growing areas, and general work maintaining the greenhouses. Volunteers will also get a tour of the facility by researcher Ben Smith and learn about their efforts to restore hemlocks. This day will not involve pesticides. Learn more about the FRA at threatenedforests.com.
On Sunday, April 29th from 9 am to 3 pm, we will be chemically treating hemlocks in the Green River Game Land, home of the famous Narrows, a draw for whitewater kayakers from around the country. If you are a landowner thinking about treating your own trees, this is a great opportunity to be trained in the soil drench method. We will be working off-trail but on flat terrain, and no special equipment or training is required.
To RSVP for either or both of these volunteer days, please email Thom at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number in your party and a contact number for the morning of the work day. More details about the meeting location and what to bring will be provided when you RSVP.
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Hemlock Restoration Initiative
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