Citizen Science

You probably know squirrels bury nuts to eat another day. But did you realize other animals store food to help them through lean times? “It blows people away how many animals cache food,” says Kent McFarland, a conservation biologist and cofounder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. “It’s another strategy to make it through the…

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The next time you visit the White Mountain National Forest, you may notice more phones than usual in the woods. No, cell service in the White Mountains didn’t magically improve. Any possible influx of photo-snapping and trail-texting is likely due to the iNaturalist app, newly integrated into AMC’s Mountain Watch program. Mountain Watch began in…

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Do you take photos with your phone when out on the trails? You can turn your mobile device into a reporting tool with iNaturalist and join other citizen scientists by documenting the flowering plants you observe on your next hike.  Using iNaturalist, your mobile device will automatically geotag the image, assigning its location, and if…

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We caught up with Karin Bothwell, AMC’s first ever research fellow. AMC’s research fellowship program, supported by the Leadership Giving Initiative (LGI), provides a recently graduated MS or PhD student an opportunity to build their professional resume while augmenting AMC’s research capacity in a relevant area of expertise. In December 2017, Karin Bothwell joined AMC…

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Studying the movement of birds is challenging work. They’re fast, small, and can travel thousands of miles per year. Tracking devices are too large for many migratory species to carry, and that technology is also limited by cost, battery life, and antenna range. But movement biologists say their field is about to be revolutionized, thanks…

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For millennia, birds have migrated lengthy distances, guided by the moon and stars. But as dark skies dwindle around the globe, scientists wonder how light pollution affects this natural phenomenon. One unlikely light source provided a unique research opportunity. For one night a year—September 11, in the midst of warblers’ and small passerines’ migration—two beams…

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During her senior year at Plymouth State University, Lindsey Bergholm interned with Georgia Murray, an AMC staff scientist, installing and monitoring time-lapse cameras at two field sites in New Hampshire’s Pinkham Notch. Bergholm’s goal, to determine the exact day of peak fall foliage in the notch, also would aid AMC in tracking the effects of…

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AMC strongly disagrees with President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, retreating from our world leadership in addressing greenhouse gas contributions to human-caused global climate disruptions. The climate is changing across the AMC region with warmer temperatures, more intense rainfall, and shorter snow seasons. AMC maintains a robust scientific…

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for public input on what environmental rules should be changed or scrapped. Yes, you read that correctly … the EPA is asking the public to weigh in on how the agency could roll back climate and clean air policies, public health safeguards, the Clean Power Plan,…

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Whether your concern is climate change, mountain air quality, energy-project siting, land and forest protection, or a combination of these and other conservation-related issues, you can expect AMC to take a stand in defense of the outdoors. And you can rest assured that our positions are based on sound science. AMC’s scientific research provides a…

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