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!
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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