The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge has recently mapped out a series of observation points to collect data on the effects of seasonal change for several plant and animal species. These observation points are connected in a series of three “phenology trails” along the refuge. These observations provide important information to scientists in the National Phenology Network, as they seek to better understand how species are effected by changing seasonal patterns. Their research is dependent upon people like you, the citizen scientists, to help collect invaluable field data all across the nation. The data collection is done through their citizen science initiative known as “Nature’s Notebook”, which utilizes a user-friendly website and mobile application to aid in simple and accurate data collection.
In conjunction with our annual “Aldo Leopold Weekend”, our team at the refuge is seeking dedicated volunteers to collect phenological data that will help us better understand the changing state of our precious plant and animal species. This year’s theme of “citizen science” is one that Mr. Leopold exemplified in his life, and its more important than ever to engage the public in science. If you are interested in joining this campaign, please consider attending our free workshop, where you will learn about the importance of phenology and how to use Nature’s Notebook to collect data, along with finding opportunities to get involved.
Lunch and coffee will be provided! Master Naturalist’s will be able to count this towards advanced training hours!
Aldo Leopold Weekend Phenology Workshop will be held on March 3rd, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00pm at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center located at 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425.
Workshop participants must register by February 24th. Please follow the link and fill out the survey to register https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MVNWR_Phenology_Workshop
*Please register early! Registration will be closed after 25 participants have completed the survey.
Please send any questions to Peter Swan at email@example.com