Outdoor Observers | June - August 2021
Join us for Indiana Backyard Observers!
As Indiana Backyard Observers we will be using Nature's Notebook as part of the Indiana Phenology Trail. We will begin a long-term local phenology monitoring program utilizing Nature's Notebook's standardized protocols.
What is phenology? The study of seasonal natural changes in relation to climate, plant, and animal life. Think of leaves changing in the fall, or plants budding in the spring. We will be observing the changes to plant and animal life this summer from June to August. However, we hope you continue to monitor long after the official end date! Pick a plant or animal to monitor in your backyard or nearby park. Ideally, you would observe every day, but once or twice a week works just fine. We will make an account with Nature's Notebook, so our data observations can be used for scientific decisions.
June - Pick your observation plot! Identify the plants or animals that you are monitoring. Set up Nature's Notebook account.
July - Check in with the group about your observations! Tag us on instagram or facebook with a photo of the plant or animal you are monitoring.
August - Talk about the changes you witnessed and if the project made you change the way you see the world around you.
Why does this matter? Phenology data can help us predict threats to people and the environment such as wildfires, drought, or flooding. The data can help decide the timing of events, from when to harvest or irrigate land, to when to conduct controlled burns in forests. We are hoping that we can meet in person for some of these programs. If not, we will conduct them on our facebook page and over zoom.
Hummingbirds | March - May 2021
Join us as we start a series on hummingbirds. We will have videos and crafts as we work together to help the hummingbirds.
What exactly are we doing? First we will make hummingbird feeders. These feeders will serve as our nectar sources and observation sites. You'll spend just a few minutes each week collecting data. The data is then entered on the Audubon website, which researchers will use to help protect the hummingbirds.
March 24 - Tune in to our video to find out what this project entails, and how you can be part of it!
April 21 - We will DIY hummingbird feeders. You can use items you have around your home, or pick up the supplies at the library. We will have a limited number available.
May 19 - This month our video will be about observation and data entry. Now that our hummingbird feeders are up, how can we attract them? Gardening for hummingbirds will also be discussed!