Butterfly Biodiversity

Did you know there were 112 different species of butterflies in Vermont? This week, join Cailee, ECHO’s Public Programs Manager, to explore Butterfly Biodiversity. We’ll introduce you to iNaturalist (https://www.inaturalist.org), a project that can both help you identify butterflies you might see in your yard, and collect valuable data for scientists and researches to study biodiversity. We’re challenging you to Take Action by photographing, submitting, and identifying a butterfly in your area, in this season finale of the Take Action series. And as always, we hope you’ll also share your findings with us on Facebook!​

Project BudBurst

How much impact do small changes in location or elevation have on plants, and is the timing of their growth changing over time? These are just a few of the questions you can help scientists answer by participating in Project BudBurst. This week, join Noella, ECHO’s Education Programs Coordinator, to learn more. This summer she’ll be tracking her raspberry bushes. Then, join our challenge to track a plant in your yard and file your reports at www.budburst.org. And as always, we hope you’ll also share your bud findings with us on Facebook!​

Investigating Clouds

Clouds cover about 70% of Earth at any given time and can have a major impact on our climate and weather. Join Cailee, ECHO’s Public Programs Manager, today as she talks about the GLOBE Observer Cloud Science Project, a citizen science project sponsored by NASA!

We’re challenging YOU to help contribute 1000 cloud reports from Vermont in 2020 in this Citizen Science Challenge! Download the The GLOBE Observer App here. And as always, we hope you’ll also share your cloud findings with us on Facebook!​

Earth Day

What is the history of Earth Day? Learn when and why it began, then find out how you can participate this year by helping track plastic with the Earth Day 2020 app, on this week’s Take Action! challenge. Also check out this CSWD: Plastic Pollution Prevention Zoom talk with Recycle Rhonda to learn more. Share your plastic tracking with us on Facebook!

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The Spring Amphibian Migration

Welcome to the ECHO Citizen Science Challenge. This week, learn about amphibian migration in Vermont. Find out when and why they’re on the move, and learn how YOU can help keep them safe while also gathering valuable data for scientists. Share your amphibian findings with us on Facebook!

Also check out this Zoom talk led by Kate Kelley with the Vermont Herp Atlas talks about Spring Amphibian Migration in Vermont and highlights ways you can Take Action to help our amphibian and reptile neighbors.

Websites mentioned in this video:
The Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas
North Branch Nature Center

Migrating Birds

Our first Take Action! Citizen Science Challenge explores bird migration in Vermont. Learn which birds are arriving, leaving, or just stoping for a rest. Then, get out in your own yard or neighborhood and see which birds you can find. Share your bird findings with us on Facebook!

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