Tiny Terrors Project
|Goal||Help scientists restore hemlock and Fraser fir forests.|
|Task||Monitor invasive insects that attack hemlocks and Fraser firs.|
The Tiny Terrors Project needs volunteers to monitor the invasive insect species of adelgids that attack both hemlocks and Fraser firs (the most popular Christmas Tree in North America).
Although barely visible to the naked eye, adelgids and their effects on trees can be detected by citizen scientists. Tiny Terrors is calling on you to help them identify both healthy and infected trees all across the Eastern United States.
Data collection is easy once you have identified an area that contains hemlock or Fraser fir, and you can submit your observations online.
Not only are both tree species valued for their beauty, but because of their numbers, they provide wildlife habitat and are an important source of lumber. Your help can help researchers find potentially resistant trees and aid in developing genetically resistant trees to restore forests.
The Tiny Terrors Project is based out of the North Carolina State University Forest Entomology Lab and was created for the Alliance for Saving Threatened Trees.
|How to Join||
Head to http://www.threatenedforests.com/tinyterrors/Participate.html to sign up and start collecting data.
See the Sampling Kit for the full details: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1rfEqJwXGD1CIBzo3dF75p0l17E41kvDswinvhWDsBtA
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||On a hike|
|Tags||forest, tiny terrors|
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