Bugs, birds and bees need you!
Our world’s pollinators help to create the world's flora - from seed to bloom. Essential crops like soybeans and alfalfa also rely on pollinators to help them complete their biological needs – to “move” their plant parts from one location to another and complete their reproduction. Thanks to bugs, birds and bees, humans enjoy everything from chocolate and coffee, to apples and raspberries, to exotic orchids and even aquatic forests.
In fact, about 80% of the world’s plants rely on pollinators. So let’s give them a helping hand! By choosing to participate in the Pollinator projects, you'll be observing the lifecycle of the plants that pollinators depend on, and vice versa.
To find the Calibration Plants for Pollinators in your area, enter your zip code below. If you’d like to observe the actual bugs, check out the The Great Sunflower Project.
These are a few of the plants scientific researchers are asking us to observe in your area. You can choose one or more of these Calibration Plants to observe for your Pollinators project (a number of these plants are found in the same area as each other).
Pollen and allergens – the good, the bad and the ugly.
One in five people suffer from respiratory allergies in the U.S. - and that percentage is increasing each year. When pollen is released, large swatches of the population have severe reactions all at once. It's especially important for community resources and public health planning to be able to anticipate critical moments like these, and early allergy warnings can help. That's what this initiative is all about.
Wouldn’t it be great to know more about this year's outbreak ahead of time? Especially in your neighborhood?
If you (or someone you know) is an allergy sufferer - whether for hay fever, rhinitis, or other pollen allergies - Allergy Agents projects are for you!
These are a few of the plants important to observe. You can choose one or more of these Calibration Plants - depending on what grows in your area - for your Allergy Agents project.
Plants and animals are Nature's storytellers
Climate and seasonal patterns: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Local plants and animals always tell the true story. America’s first naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, wrote about the relationships of nature at Walden Pond 150 years ago. This discipline of observation - phenology - is what naturalists and farmers have practiced ever since, as they respond to changes in local climate that affect their livelihoods, families and communities.
The Season Spotting initiative will show you how to monitor Calibration Plants - plants that tell the tale of the health of your local environment. By helping to ensure that local natural systems are as healthy as they can be, you can help protect the things that matter.
Have a look at all the Calibration Plants and see which ones you can help “tend.” Some of the Calibration Plants for Season Spotting have great economic importance, and others may support a single - but irreplaceable - aspect of a natural system.
These are a few of the plants scientific researchers are asking us to observe in your area. You can choose one or more of these Calibration Plants to observe for your Season Spotting project (a number of these plants are found in the same area as each other).