Watch the Wild

     When it comes to climate change, many of us feel helpless.   But there is something helpful that anyone can do, and it doesn’t involve a lot of time or a change in routine. 

     In order to mitigate as many of the impacts of global warming as possible, we need to understand just what is going on.  Watch the Wild is a program that uses citizen volunteers’ observations of their immediate environment to augment the growing body of scientific data about how climate is changing in different regions and how ecosystems are reacting to those changes.

     Watch the Wild is looking for volunteers in cities, suburbs, and rural areas all around the U.S. to spend as little as 10 minutes on a regular basis observing weather, wildlife, trees, and plants in their immediate area.  The observations can be made in one’s back yard, along one’s route to work, at a park or a beach one visits frequently, etc.  Only with abundant and accurate data can scientists, policy makers, and all of us address the issues raised by a warming planet.  

     Indeed, seasonal changes are already impacting our ecosystems, according to Nature Abounds, the nonprofit organization that sponsors Watch the Wild.  We are already seeing changes in migration and breeding patterns, a decline in food supplies, as well as variations in temperature and water.  Such changes affect not only wildlife, but human agriculture, trade, transportation, recreation, tourism, and much more.

     You can learn more about how to participate with Watch the Wild, just click on–April Moore  

2 Responses to “Watch the Wild”

  1. Joan Brundage Says:

    Thanks for sharing this info. I had no idea this was going on. I may participate.

  2. Elizabeth Cottrell Says:

    What a great idea! I’ll definitely look into it and help spread the word!

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