|Presented By||Appalachian Mountain Club|
|Goal||Participate in alpine ecology and climate science research|
|Task||Track phenology events in Appalachian mountains|
Mountain Watch is an ongoing trail-side citizen science program that tracks plant development, aka phenology, of a small set of alpine and forest plants in the Eastern Appalachian mountains and other Northeast areas.
AMC is also a partner with the USA National Phenology Network, the National Park Service, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in the AT Seasons project. This endeavor tracks plant and animal development along the AT corridor. Similar to AMC’s Mountain Watch, AT Seasons (https://www.usanpn.org/appalachian) will provide much needed information on climate impacts at upper elevations.
These citizen science programs are components of the Appalachian Mountain Club alpine ecology and climate science research being conducted in the Northeast mountains.
General teaching material on phenology can be found here: https://www.usanpn.org/education
|How to Join||
Anyone can download materials from our web site at http://www.outdoors.org/conservation/mountainwatch or email us at AMCMtnwatch@outdoors.org for a kit to be mailed to you or to adopt a location. You can also do this through our online registration where you would create an account to enter data http://www.outdoors.org/conservation/mountainwatch/volunteers/
|Project Timing||Growing season, annually|
|Special Skills||It is helpful to have botanical identification skills|
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|Ideal Frequency||Per week|
|Average Time||Several hours|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||On a walk, run, On a hike|
|Tags||citizen-science, flowers, mountain, mountains, observation, observations, phenology, wildflowers|
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