Do you have a flowering tree in your yard? Are birds nesting at your school? Does an iguana nest in your garden? Is the peregrine falcon back on the church tower? Have a favourite dive site? We want you to track seasonal changes by recording life cycle events of species in a chosen location. How?
To know if changes are occurring in our ecological systems (called phenology), it is better if we have lots of data on the same species over time. So, we want to encourage you to make repeated observations of life cycle activities, like breeding and dispersal, of species at your chosen location. This can be any location you frequent, such as a garden, school, church, workplace, waterfall or reef.
Species that are common and easily identified, such as yellow poui trees, kiskadees and jack Spaniards, can be very important in terms of the role they play in ecological systems. Even common species can become rare too, but because they are thought to be common, these declines are often not noticed until it is too late, so it is still important to monitor them.
- Click the “Add to my journal” button to register for an account or log in.
- You will be able to find, save and load your chosen location(s) on a map.
- If you can, submit a report on your chosen location once a month, even if the species there don’t appear to be doing much (see FAQs).
- Tell us what species in your chosen location are doing throughout the year e.g. fruiting, flowering, eggs, fledglings, migrating.
- Keep track of all the observations in your own personal journal by logging into your account.
- Use the forum or links on our identification help page if you have problems identifying a species.
- See our FAQs for more help.