Citizen Scientists Document Life Cycles
What if you could do more than sight-seeing during your next National Park trip? Imagine contributing to the scientific study of the very park you’re visiting. Sign up to be a citizen scientist and get to know the parks on a whole other level.
Citizen scientists monitor various events throughout the park, documenting each while contributing to a larger study. Such as, timing of flower blooms, bird returns, etc. Ordinary people who care can sign up and take part in this effort.
While these efforts are specific and targeted, this careful monitoring contributes to the wider understanding of how climate change is impacting the U.S. National Parks and the species which live in them. It also contributes to the safety of the parks, whether it be determining erosion rates, wildfire risks, etc. I think we can all appreciate that!
So, on your next trip to one of these magnificent parks, sign up to be a citizen scientist and take part in the scientific study of our natural lands.
For more, check out this article from Great Smoky Mountains National Park: https://www.nps.gov/articles/greatsmokiesphenology.htm
Also check out The Science of Climate Change in National Parks Video Series: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/sciencevideos.htm
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