Check out our latest observations!

HOW IT WORKS

Become a citizen scientist!

1)    Head into the woods! Take a hike. Walk through a field. Explore your backyard. Leave a light on at night for moths. Take a walk on a conservation property.

2)    Start noticing the trees, the plants, the bugs, the mushrooms, and the animals. Utilize your local library, online sources such as GoBotany, dirty botany, insectidentification.org, and eNature.org, or use the recommended field guides to get an identification if you can and learn about the species. Follow the Backyard Biology Facebook page to see what others are finding and get identification help!

3)    Using the iNaturalist app, individuals, families, and teams can upload pictures of any naturalized living thing they find in Wolfeboro or Tuftonboro to the Backyard Biology 2016 iNaturalist project, with or without an ID. How many species do you think you will find?  Click HERE for a video tutorial on to download and use iNaturalist!

4)    Our team of naturalists will identify them and your findings will be compiled in a community-wide natural inventory. With YOUR help, we can make this happen!

THE GOALS

To encourage our community to explore!

We live in a place of such biological diversity! You will be amazed at what you will be able to find right in your backyard. Did you know that there are over 500 animal species (not including invertebrates and insects!) and thousands of plant species in New Hampshire?

To document the biodiversity of Wolfeboro and Tuftonboro with YOUR help.

The mammals, the flowers, the insects, the birds, the mosses, the fish, the lichens, the mushrooms… how many species can we find? More importantly, WHICH ones will we find?

One third of the naturalized plants in New England are non-native, and about 100 of those non-native species are considered invasive by the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE), with potential to cause damage to our local environment.  We need to locate these plants in order to control them!

On the other hand, there are also over 200 “ranked” (meaning rare) plants in New Hampshire. Whether it’s due to dwindling habitat, over picking, or simply that it’s picky about it’s location, these ranked plants should documented, recorded, and hopefully protected.

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THE RULES

Respect private property! Please only explore public and conservation lands, your own land, or land you have permission from the owner to explore.

The goal is the find NATURALIZED plants and animals. These are the species that are here on their own accord – not planted!

Keep looking! The path you walk in May will look completely different in August.

THE EVENTS

Join us all summer long to celebrate the biodiversity of our community!

Check out the EVENTS page for a our summer kick-off, guided trail walks, mushroom forays, and moth nights!

We’d love to fill up the calendar; if you have any ideas for events or would like to host a walk, please contact us!


Have questions? Would you like to volunteer? Have an event idea to suggest?
Visit our Facebook page or contact Keith and Michelle!