It’s that time of year in my neck of the woods. The snow is deep, the coldest temps are upon us and my mind is obsessed with wondering when the first snowdrops will bloom. And when I can start a few tomato seeds on a potential suicide mission in my never-ending quest to have a really, really early tomatoes.
And that means it’s also time to take a look at some web sites that track the arrival of spring.
This national field campaign engages the public in making careful observations of the phenological events such as first leafing, first flower, and first fruit ripening of a diversity of trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses in their local area.
Got birds? In your back yard? Join Cornell’s eBird!
A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
From the View & Explore Data section, I used the Summary Tables feature to create a chart of birds in my county for each month during 2008. I’ll be watching the 2009 data grow and hope to learn what some of the birds are that I have in my back yard.
“A Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change”, this perennial favorite tracks the migration of Monarch butterflies, robins, gray whales, the bloom of tulips and more. Individuals and school groups can register to participate.
Are you looking forward to spring? What other websites would you include on this list?