Earth Calendar September 21st and September 22nd
Looking for a new project? Fall is a great time to join a citizen science program, where you can share your own observations about nature with scientists. Citizen science volunteers can collect far more data than science researchers can alone, playing an important role in scientific discovery! Volunteers are needed to monitor weather. Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) volunteers learn how to measure precipitation using a rain gauge and hail pad, record their data and report their measurements online. Data collected by volunteers complements observations made by the National Weather Service and is used by local meteorologists, researchers, emergency managers, farmers, outdoor enthusiasts, teachers and others. Sign up to become a volunteer observer with CoCoRaHS. Another opportunity is with World Water Monitoring Challenge where volunteers measure key water quality indicators by using a simple test kit to measure water temperature, acidity (pH), clarity and dissolved oxygen levels. All of these indicators can impact aquatic wildlife – high water temperatures or extremely acidic water can make it hard for some fish, insects and plants to survive. Clear water with ample dissolved oxygen will support a wide variety of plants and animals. You can monitor and report your findings throughout the year. Learn more, register a site and get a test kit.
On Our Calendar: Western Wildlife Corridor (WWC) is celebrating 20 years protecting forested areas in the Ohio River Valley for future generations. Several events are planned for this milestone, including a hike, a picnic and banquet. On Saturday, September 29th, the general public is invited to hike up Bender Mountain to the lookout above the Ohio River. Meet at the gravel parking lot on Bender Road to join the expedition at 4:30 pm. Following the hike, at 6:00 pm, members and guests are invited to a picnic at Fernbank Park. For additional information, please contact Western Wildlife Corridor at 513.921.WILD (9453)