SeasonWatch: Winter Tree Quest

Take part in a nationwide bioblitz event to document seasonal changes in leafing, flowering and fruiting

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Have you wondered how seasonal changes in the natural world may be changing with climate? SeasonWatch has been working with children and adults across India since 2011 to understand patterns of tree phenology (seasonal changes in leafing, flowering and fruiting).

As a part of this, SeasonWatch is launching their first bioblitz event on the 1st and 2nd of December 2018, called the ‘Winter Tree Quest’. This is a two-day, country-wide, rapid assessment of the phenology of common Indian trees (see list here).

Participating in the Tree Quest is easy! Just spend any time you can spare on the weekend of 1-2 December to look at trees around you and record simple observations about their leaves, flowers and fruits. Registration and upload are both very simple through the SeasonWatch app (for Android phones), freely downloadable on Google Play Store. More details about how to participate are here. You can watch a short video on making observations as well.

Bauhinia purpurea in bloom. Photograph: Radha Rangarajan

Do think of ways in which you can involve others too. If you are at a school, college or university, you could get a group of students to go out and observe trees and nature. Or you could do something similar in your residential complex or neighbourhood. If you are a birdwatcher, you can record tree phenology alongside the birds you see.

The Winter Quest will be followed by a Spring Quest early next year: let’s join hands in understanding how our precious trees respond to the changing seasons!

Cover image of Ficus glomerata by Radha Rangarajan.

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