Citizen Science Training: Phenology Monitoring
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)
Kick off the fall season by learning how to help Casey Trees by monitoring the seasonal changes of the District's trees!
Casey Trees is interested in tracking the timing of seasonal events, also known as phenological events, such as leaf out, fruiting, fall color and leaf drop on several tree species in the Washington, DC area planted both by our organization and occurring elsewhere in the metropolitan region.
Our hope is that our constituents and volunteers, armed with their tree identification and anatomy knowledge, will learn to notice the seasonal changes that occur on these trees throughout the year and become attuned to how these changes are tied to weather and climate patterns.
In the long term, this citizen science based research will help inform our organizational practices and advance the field of urban forestry as we learn how the species in Washington are responding to climate variability and, over the long-term, to climate change. Find out more information here.
How You Can Help
We are seeking observers in the DC metropolitan area to track the timing of seasonal events in several tree species that are common in Washington, DC, many of which are also planted by Casey Trees. You can join this effort by attending this training session and learning how to monitor tree phenology in your own yard or favorite greenspace. After the training participants are encouraged to observe their chosen tree(s) 2-4 times a week, especially in the spring and fall, when things are changing rapidly. However, we welcome any observations you can contribute.
The Metrorail station is Brookland-CUA (Red Line) which is a 10 minute walk. The Metrobus stop is near the intersection of 12th and Irving Street NE (served by the H8) or the Brookland-CUA Metro station (served by the H2, H4, H6, G8, R4 and 80). At our office, there is ample street parking and we accommodate bicycles on-site.
Stephanie Juchs, Community Education Coordinator, Casey Trees, ISA Certified Arborist
Who Should Attend?
Open to the general public for anyone interested in learning about how they can contribute to Casey Trees research and a growing dataset of phenological observations. After the training it is recommended that those participating in monitoring observe their chosen tree(s) 2-4 times a week, especially in the spring and fall, when things are changing rapidly.
All attendees will be provided with some light snacks. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.
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