[Southern_AZ_MWS] Citizen Scientists can help in the Buffelgrass
candicer at cals.arizona.edu
Tue Jun 30 22:10:48 MST 2009
Monitoring and eradicating buffelgrass is yet another way to protect and
enhance our watersheds read below for how to get involved!
Listen to Ira Flatow on Science Friday interview Dr. Jake Weltzin from the
USGS office in Tucson about Climate Scientists Enlist Citizen Volunteers:
The website was not particularly identified on the broadcast. You can find
information at Project Budburst at:
or at the National Phenology Network: http://www.usanpn.org/
And then check out the Buffelgrass Phenology Reporter...
http://java.arid.arizona.edu/bgpheno is the URL. This is something you can
report right now as the buffelgrass greens up with the monsoonal rains.
Play with the Invader Rater and see how well you can identify the time when
buffelgrass can be effectively sprayed with herbicide.
If you want to be a participant in this program, register as an
observer...and start recording data from buffelgrass in your neighborhood or
at your place of work...or along a trail where this invasive grass is
Why is this important? As you realize, rainfall patterns across Tucson are
scattered and spotty. The buffelgrass will green up more quickly in areas
that receive more rain. We have many teams mobilized to treat buffelgrass
this summer but need to know where this grass is greening up. Last summer
buffelgrass was green and lush in Saguaro National Park-East while It was
drying up early on Tumamoc Hill. This summer we hope to have a better handle
on the pattern of greening and dying (senescence) as the monsoon season
Even if you cannot join groups weedwacking, even if you are working lots of
hours per week, I suspect that you have a pesky patch of buffelgrass that
you could keep an eye on and report its greening and flowering activity.
You would be helping those weed warriors on the ground, if you became a
Buffelgrass Phenology Reporter.
Hope you can join in this community effort,
Sonoran Desert Weedwackers
PS: Spread this message to everyone in the Tucson region :-)
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