PlantWatch is part of the NatureWatch community which aims to engage all Canadians in collecting scientific information in nature to understand our changing environment. Becoming a citizen scientist is easy, fun, and for Canadians of any age!
What is PlantWatch?
The PlantWatch program enables citizen scientists to get involved by recording flowering times for selected plant species and reporting these dates to researchers, who work to identify ecological changes that may be affecting our environment. Your observations make a difference! To learn more about PlantWatch, visit the website here!
Why watch plants?
The plants chosen for PlantWatch bloom every spring, largely in response to rising temperatures. However, some species are flowering almost a month earlier than they were a century ago! Scientists believe climate change is affecting blooming times – a trend that is continuing. They predict that the greatest increases in temperature will be in Western and Northern Canada, while some parts of Eastern Canada actually may be cooling. By reporting on the PlantWatch species found in your community, you can help researchers discover how common plants are responding to climate change and track where changes are taking place in Canada, and at what rate.
If you would like to learn more about how your classroom or group can get involved with PlantWatch contact Nature NB at [email protected] or call (506) 459-4209.
Nature NB is also hosting 6 PlantWatch workshops across New Brunswick this winter, to learn more about how you can participate, click here!