Wetland Phenology – Citizen Science

In collaboration with Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Boreal Wetland Centre (Grand Prairie, Alberta), we have launched a ‘Wetland phenology’ citizen science project.

Why is it important?

Boreal wetlands are likely to be impacted by changes in climate and by industrial activities. Changes in air temperature and precipitation patterns alongside physical disturbances from machinery for example can all change how wet the system is and can influence the vegetation communities present. It can even cause a shift in vegetation communities depending on the level of disturbance. The Wetland Phenology project will look at green leaf phenology of the vegetation communities found in a restored and an undisturbed site at the Wetland Centre.

You can learn more about the project here: Wetland Phenology project

What you’ll need to participate

What you’ll need: a smartphone that can take pictures.

  1. Locate one of the two phenology signs along the wetland interpretive trail (map coming soon).
  2. Slide your phone into the slot on the sign.
  3. Once your phone is in place, take a picture (or more!).
  4. Scan the QR code on the sign or go here, fill in the form, and upload your photograph

Share your photos on social media: We’d love to see your photos! Share the photos you took as part of this project with the tag #phenologyAB

The photos you submit will be used by researchers to analyze the change in growth over the growing season. The method used calculates the green chromatic coordinate, in other words, green = how the vegetation is greening-up or growing over the season. 

Your personal information will be confidential and will not be made public at any time. By submitting your photo, you agree that Ducks Unlimited Canada and Dr. Scott J. Davidson can use the photo for data analysis, publication, and outreach (e.g., website, social media, presentations).