Can we inventory the Glencoe Swale eco-system?
This question was raised at the January Friends of Glencoe Swale meeting during discussion about plants that are found in the watershed system. Property owners are interested in learning how to recognize and effectively remove invasive plant species, and to replace them with native vegetation. We pondered how to inventory the current wetland ecology to establish a baseline to better understand what is happening in our watershed area; and how to approach this task in a manageable fashion.
YardMap, a program developed by Cornell Lab of Ornithology may well be the answer…
“The YardMap Network is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments. We collect data by asking individuals across the country to literally draw maps of their backyards, parks, farms, favorite birding locations, schools, and gardens. We connect you with your landscape details and provide tools for you to make better decisions about how to manage landscapes sustainably.”
This app will allow us to create a group site where information can be collected and recorded in a uniform fashion in a dedicated, easily accessed web-based location.