There’s a growing awareness that our gardens possess hidden powers.
No longer just a collection of pretty plants, these same gardens can make a positive impact on our local ecosystems. Simple steps like planting regional native plants and maintaining your garden in a sustainable and organic way are easy first steps.
Become a Superhero
You can also make an impact outside of what you’re currently doing in your own garden. Become a Citizen Scientist.
Citizen scientists collaborate with scientists around the world by helping them gather data. There’s no need for special outfits (of course if you want to wear a red cape or carry around a lasso of truth, I won’t tell anyone) but access to a computer or a smart phone can’t hurt.
One citizen science project that’s gathering attention is the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. Simply sign up to monitor a patch of milkweed in your area and record your data. The scientists at the University of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab will do the rest.
If you’re interested in finding our about a few more citizen science projects you can get involved in, check out my post, Citizen Science – Make An Impact Beyond Your Garden, over at the Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens blog.
Are you a superhero? I’d love to hear about any citizen science projects you’re involved with.