WildWatch invites local residents to join national studies
Vancouver, WA – Citizens who enjoy nature can participate in WildWatch, a program that encourages people to get outside and see what is happening right outside their back door.
In doing so, they can make observations to contribute data for national scientific studies. Participants can choose what to watch: weather conditions, plants, birds or bees and other pollinators. Participating programs include Project FeederWatch, Skywarn Weather Spotters, The Great Sunflower Project, Project Budburst and the Lost Ladybug Project.
The time commitment ranges from about 30 minutes per year to a few minutes daily, depending on the project. Potential activities include counting spots on ladybugs, measuring daily rainfall and recording species of birds using feeders.
Clark County Environmental Services and the City of Vancouver are sponsoring WildWatch, with support from Backyard Bird Shop. This free program is suitable for all ages, families and individuals.
Two workshops will be held in February and March to provide more information for participants age 10 and older: 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12; and 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16. Both will be at Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Online registration is available at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/314928.
A shorter overview will be held in the Green Neighbors DIY (Do It Yourself) Fair from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Clark College, Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.
Registration for is not necessary. For more information about the fair, go to: www.ClarkGreenNeighbors.org/happenings/DIY-Fair.
To learn more about WildWatch and to sign up for program updates, visit www.ClarkGreenNeighbors.org/discover/WildWatch or call Environmental Services at (360) 397-2121 ext 4352.
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