Read the full article here, about a few of the apps available to budding citizen scientists of all ages. The only special equipment needed is a smartphone.
Long-term Natural Resource Monitoring
Part of the NPS, the Northeast Temperate Inventory & Monitoring Networkbrings together NPS researchers, citizen scientists, and other organizations to monitor the ecological health of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and 12 other parks in the northeast. The wide-reaching, scientifically robust information gathered through these long-term natural resource monitoring projects are important to help park managers make better informed decisions, and in promoting research, education, and public understanding of park resources.
► Find publications, articles and recent news about parks and monitoring programs.
►Resource Briefs provide current information on the state of specific park resources garnered through recently published monitoring and inventory reports. Resource briefs are available and searchable by category for example: Forest Health, Climate & Weather, Land birds, Invasive Species, etc.
►Listen to Voices of Science a series of audio stories that focus on the science and conservation practices within the National Park Service.
► Read about Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) "...the on-going accumulation of knowledge, practice and belief about relationships between living beings in a specific ecosystem that is acquired by indigenous people over hundreds or thousands of years through direct contact with the environment, handed down through generations, and used for life-sustaining ways."
►Browse a few examples ofResource Briefsfor this Park below.
Forest Health Monitoring Update
The Northeast Temperate Network monitors a variety of natural resource indicators, which it calls “vital signs”, for 12 parks in the northeast and the Appalachian Trail. Forest vegetation is considered a high-priority vital sign and the network developed a long-term monitoring program for forest resources. Read a sample Resource Brief.
Annual Landbird Survey Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
The Northeast Temperate Network monitors a variety of natural resource indicators, called vital signs, for 12 parks in the northeast and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Read the results of an Annual volunteer landbird survey results for Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP in this resource brief.
Invasive Species Early Detection Report From the Report: "Invasive species" are alien species that cause or are likely to cause harm to the economy, environment, and/or human health, and are considered to be one of the leading threats to the biodiversity and integrity of ecosystems worldwide. In broad terms, they are organisms that have been introduced deliberately or unintentionally into an environment where they did not evolve, are capable of establishing self-sustaining populations in "untransformed ecosystems", and have no natural enemies to limit their reproduction and spread. These are among the reasons why early detection of invasive species was identified as a priority vital sign by several Inventory and Monitoring networks in the Northeast Temperate Network.
From the Report: Invasive plant species are a large and growing problem for national parks and natural areas. They reduce native diversity, alter forest structure, suppress tree regeneration, and alter nutrient cycling among other negative impacts.