PlantSnap! where nature takes root

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 7, 2019

PlantSnap! where nature takes root

Plantsnap! mobile application

PlantSnap where nature takes root American Public Gardens Association is excited to announce the official debut of a new partnership with plant identification app, PlantSnap. This new initiative will help build the most comprehensive database of plant photos in the world by empowering garden visitors to become citizen scientists in their own communities. PlantSnap gives […]

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NestWatch program connects science and birdwatching

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
June 17, 2019

NestWatch program connects science and birdwatching

bluebird

This spring, the Arboretum’s Visitor Engagement department launched our inaugural “Arboretum NestWatch” volunteer program. Since then, our small group of trained volunteers have been diligently monitoring the 30 nest boxes located on our grounds and submitting their observations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch project, a citizen science initiative that uses data gathered from […]

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Carl Linnaeus: Naming Nature

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 20, 2018

Carl Linnaeus: Naming Nature

Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus: Naming Nature BBC Radio Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), today a largely unknown figure, is one of the giants of natural science. He devised the formal Latin binomial (two-part) naming system we use to classify all life forms. This BBC podcast is a panel discussion with moderator Quentin Cooper, botanist Dr. Sandra Knapp (Natural History […]

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From Tree Spotters to Beach Brigades: a golden age of citizen science

by Story Hinckley for The Christian Science Monitor
July 30, 2018

Spring into Science! Join the 2018 Boston Area City Nature Challenge

by Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator
April 19, 2018

Spring into Science! Join the 2018 Boston Area City Nature Challenge

Join the 2018 Boston Area City Nature Challenge Become a citizen scientist with just a few taps on your phone! Join us April 27–30 for the 2018 City Nature Challenge, in which over 65 cities around the world compete to see which one can document the most species—plants, animals, fungi, even microbes. All species count […]

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Spring into Science! Tree Spotters and TreeVersity at the MIT Citizen Science Fair

by Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator
February 19, 2018

Spring into Science! Tree Spotters and TreeVersity at the MIT Citizen Science Fair

MIT citizen science fair

At the Arboretum and across the globe, volunteers are challenging the notion that science happens behind closed doors. Citizen scientists—individuals who contribute their time and efforts towards observation and data collection—are transforming the nature of scientific discovery through their collaborative efforts with professional researchers. Around the world, citizen scientists work alongside professionals in fields ranging […]

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Citizen scientists take the pulse of Arnold Arboretum trees

by Amanda McGowan for WGBH
November 15, 2017

Arboretum Launches Plant Image Project “TreeVersity”

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 22, 2017

Arboretum Launches Plant Image Project “TreeVersity”

Treeversity Grid

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is preparing to share more details than ever before about its 15,000 collected plants. The best part—you can help make it happen! This fall, the Arboretum launches TreeVersity, a citizen science project designed to collect information on some 20,000 images […]

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Focus on Phenology: Spring Unsprung

by Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator
March 7, 2017

Focus on Phenology: Spring Unsprung

Honey bee visiting Ozark Witch-hazel (Hamamelis vernalis)

Can you remember February 24, a balmy 73 degree day that brought flocks of visitors to the Arboretum? In the ample sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures, it felt as though spring had suddenly arrived on the grounds. And indeed, with a week-long spate of warm weather came swelling buds, early-blooming perennials, and honey bees buzzing […]

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Summer volunteers sought for Firefly Watch

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
July 15, 2016

Summer volunteers sought for Firefly Watch

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Are Fireflies Disappearing?  The flickering of fireflies adds a dash of enchantment to summer nights, even in our cities. Unfortunately, fireflies seem to be disappearing from our urban landscape, and we don’t know why. On June 13, an interactive lecture at the Arnold Arboretum explored the mysterious lives of these insects. Led by firefly researcher […]

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