📜 EwA Week Recap: February Forest Exploration, Ecology Conference Talk, Frog Monitoring, EwA Store & more...

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Claire O'Neill

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Feb 21, 2021, 11:24:37 AM2/21/21
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Here's the recap of another busy week at EwA and a few highlights of what's coming...

Well, it's been a stressful week on some accounts: we are in the process of updating our website backend. Of course, it has destabilized the look-and-feel of many of our pages - for instance, many drop-downs are currently not working. We are fixing immediate needs, and waiting for a few bug fixes. It did not prevent us from laying out Mina's last post about our February Forest Exploration. You can read it > here.

Good news: The National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) is inviting EwA to submit an abstract to the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting! USA-NPN is looking forward to sending us (virtually)–provided that our abstract is accepted–this August to talk about your Local Phenology Program, and our efforts using Nature's Notebook for science, outreach, education, and management. This, to inspire others to create similar programs. Exciting, no? (We will submit this Thursday)

A reminder that our EwA store now showcases 2 tee-shirts: a "Nature Conservation Science for All" tee-shirt campaign, and a "Nature Conservation as A Way of Life" model. Have a look! > https://www.bonfire.com/store/earthwise-aware/ Wear EwA's colors Proudly! 100% of the profits go directly to our work democratizing climate and biodiversity sciences. 

📸  So many interesting winter sightings again this week. If we have to pick one, that'd be the beautiful sighting of a male red-breasted merganser spotted at Cape Cod national seashore by Jennifer.

 

📊  Thanks to all for great biodiversity records this week!  - 202 observations total over 116 species. Curious about this week's records that have been validated by the iNat community so far? > here.

 

Running tally : 🏆  To date, we recorded 58,364 observations of 5,950 distinct species! Check our EwA umbrella project and see the details per site/observer & more... > here

 

📅  EwA Coming Events

  • Our next public Biodiversity walk is our monthly Nature documentation walk in the Fells with Bill & Joe on Feb 27th! They are great opportunities to learn about our local fauna, flora, and their seasonal cycles while recording critical data to help science and our communities protect our urban natural habitats. Space is limited for all our events and we are asking our audience to follow a Register-and-commit (or cancel when you know you can't come). 🎟️ > here

  • Also on the EwA calendar this week: EwA's Nature Virtual Hour | Tuesdays at noon (🎟️  webinar registration) » A great opportunity to gather as a community and share our nature stories and our favorite week's sightings. Don't miss it! 

 

EwA Fieldwork (& Resources)

We're getting ready for 2021 site work. A note: I just added a frog watch at Long Pond, to record a few species that we see and hear on our weekly tour of the pond. Amphibians have been declining rapidly all over the world, and data is lacking. So there we go, we're contributing. Of course, that's an excellent opportunity to learn how to identify in the field what we hear (chorus and calls), and how many we hear.

While our phenology recording is sparse as flora and fauna slowed down, our biodiversity and habitat documentation fieldwork is as healthy as ever thanks to our group of core citizen scientists who simply rock! 🗺️ EwA Sites Map | 🌱  Site Protocols and Guides - Field Rosters - Field Notes > All here! | ℹ️  More About EwA Citizen Science Program » here

To all of you: Stay healthy!

Any questions❓ Don't be shy. Just email me or reply to this thread.

Thanks and Have a great week! - Claire

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Photo: red-breasted merganser Mergus serrator | iNaturalist record © Jennifer Clifford

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