July 11, 2019

Flowers are Fabulous, but Don't Forget to Shoot the Fruit

Hi AT-ers,

Summer is in full force. Although some of our target species can still be seen flowering at high elevations, many have moved on to their fruiting phases.

Keep a look out for budding and flowering Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis), Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense), and Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) at or near tree-line on high peaks.

Fruits

The other target species have moved on to fruiting, including Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum), Hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides), and Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) pictured above. Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis), Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense), and Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) have started fruiting at low latitudes and elevations.

Thank you & Happy Trails!

Posted on July 11, 2019 18:38 by annie_evankow annie_evankow | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 07, 2019

Flowers here, there, and everywhere!

Hi AT folks!

The signs of Spring have arrived at the northern reaches of the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire and Maine. Although it will still be some time before we see blossoms above tree line, we are starting to see flowers of Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) and Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) at lower elevations. Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis), Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense) and Hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides) are starting to bud.

Meanwhile, Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense) is blooming in Virginia and Hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides) is blooming in Pennsylvania. Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum) is blooming from North Carolina to southern New Hampshire.

I have not yet seen flowering Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis). Perhaps you will see the first!

Happy Spring and thank you for contributing your observations from the AT corridor!

Posted on May 07, 2019 20:43 by annie_evankow annie_evankow | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 11, 2019

You've Got Time Before GoT

Why not view our recorded webinar? If you missed our early spring webinar training on the Northeast Alpine Flower Watch project you can view it at the link below. Similar to this project along the Appalachian Trail the alpine project asks hikers to focus their iNaturalist lens on plants so researchers can look at how weather and climate affect the timing of peak flowering. We walk through a brief background on phenology and climate change in mountains as well as cover registering for iNaturalist, navigating the online interface, and using the app on your mobile device. Get tips on taking quality photos and learn about our target alpine species.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/6641625674297204994

Posted on April 11, 2019 19:55 by gmurray gmurray | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 25, 2019

Spring Webinars - April 2 & 5

Hello Appalachian Trail Corridor project members!

Join our webinar training to learn about the Northeast Alpine Flower Watch. We will cover registering for iNaturalist, navigating the online interface, as well as using the app on your mobile device. Get tips on taking quality photos, learn about our target species, ask questions about the project, and more. This webinar will focus on the newer alpine focused project. However, all users are welcome to ask questions about our existing projects.

There are two webinar dates:
*Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 pm
*Friday, April 5 at 12:00 pm

Advanced registration is required. Register for the webinar at the link below:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/5669602419228400140

Thank you for joining! Please share!

Posted on March 25, 2019 21:11 by annie_evankow annie_evankow | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 06, 2018

Location, Location, Location

Mountains provide many habitats for plants and animals with windy ridgelines and protected valleys, varying sun exposures with aspect, and of course elevational changes. Accurate location information, which encapsulates the spatial variability, is super helpful to researchers like us here at AMC studying mountain plant phenology. However, we recognize that images coming into iNaturalist vary in the source and accuracy of their associated location data. There are ways to help capture the best location data possible that we thought we would share.

Using the iNaturalist mobile app to take your photos of plants and animals you encounter on or near the AT is the best way to get good location information. The app will access your mobile devices GPS even when you are not within range of cell service. I have notice that it may take a few minutes for the app to get an accurate location reading so I go in and out of the location field (see #5 in the image below) a few times before I share/upload my observation. I don't edit or move the location but simple re-save the location allowing the app time to sync with satellites. Under the location title you can see the "Acc:" value go down as the app updates with the satellite information. There may be times, in the mountains especially, where this accuracy value does not improve and remains fairly high. That is no reason not to submit an observation as researchers can decide later if it meets their location accuracy needs.

If you use a digital camera and a GPS review the iNaturalist instructions for geotagging images at this link: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorials#geotag while this method likely provides fairly accurate location information only the lat and long data transfer and the accuracy of the location data is not provided.

If you add an image using a computer and web browser you can see how to add or edit your location information, including adding accuracy information in this video https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorials#add_mob at about 1:14 minutes.

Posted on July 06, 2018 17:51 by gmurray gmurray | 1 comments | Leave a comment

May 22, 2018

Flower Shots Wanted

Welcome to the AMC's project to document flowering and fruiting times along the Appalachian Trail. While the southern part of the trail is well on its way to summer some of our favorite species have yet to flower in the north so please keep adding photos of trilliums, canada mayflower, trout lily and bluebead lily. Hobblebush and bunchberry are also good flowering plants to document but be sure to get a close up of the small "true" flowers.

Here is what I have been observing over the past few days around Pinkham Notch, NH:
-Red and painted trilliums, and trout lily are moving past flower with only a few fresh flowers to be found.
-Hobblebush is at near peak flower, remember to look closely as the very small flowers.
-Bluebead lily and canada mayflower has plenty of flower buds but are likely won't bloom for a few days yet.
-Bunchberry is still emerging with some flower buds visible but is not yet fully leafed out.

Here is a pdf overview of AMC's project: https://www.outdoors.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/iNaturalistQuickGuide.pdf

Happy hiking and flower hunting!

Posted on May 22, 2018 19:53 by gmurray gmurray | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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