Dozens of visitors came to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller on Saturday, July 20th, to participate in the first-ever Vermont Atlas of Life field day.
Walks focusing on birds, bees, plants, and even moths allowed naturalists of all ages to learn more about these plants and animals and also how to submit observations on iNaturalist, an online citizen science database covering all living things.
Kent McFarland of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies teamed up with Kyle Jones to create these workshops. Many sightings are already in the Vermont Atlas of Life database, a project in iNaturalist. You can see all of the park observations at the “More Information” link below.
Funding for the field day was obtained from the WASO Biological Resources Management Division to help small and medium parks address the Director’s Call to Action Item #7, Next Generation Stewards.
The park is planning another field day during the Forest Festival in September, and has expressed its interest in having a similar field day at Saint-Gaudens in the summer of 2014.