Do you love the beautiful trees in your garden, on the roadsides, and
where you study or work? Would you like to contribute to a better
understanding of our trees?
), is a citizen volunteer
network that monitors the seasons as revealed by trees. We document
the timing of flowering, fruiting and leaf-flush of roughly 100 tree
species, and explore how this timing may be changing as the climate
changes. There is no long-term information of this kind from India, so
you can contribute to a better understanding of nature by simply
watching the trees you love!
Just identify a tree (or more) near you and monitor it every week.
Upload this information through your account on the SeasonWatch
website to add to the data collected by volunteers all across the
country. Any interested person can take part -- no specialist
knowledge is required.
SeasonWatch is a purely non-commercial and free activity; its purpose
is to understand changes in the natural world; and the information
collected is open to all. In the future, we will have a sub-programme
for schools and other groups; a discussion board; and ways to search,
visualise and download all information collected by SeasonWatch
Please join today, and let a friend know as well!
Suhel Quader, Arun Elassery and Uttara Mendiratta
Citizen Science Programme
National Centre for Biological Sciences
Sreekanth Sreedharan and Prakash Iyer
Wipro Applying Thought in Schools
PS. Thanks to those of you who responded to our email describing the
project last year. We will be in touch with you individually soon.