Upcoming Forestry & Natural Resource events in & around Benton, Linn, & Polk Counties

Oregon Season Trackers

OSU Extension program – engaging land owners and managers in plant and precipitation monitoring

Season Trackers Workshops:

Friday Oct. 17th, 2014, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland

Saturday, Oct 25th, 2014, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM, Central Electrical Training Facility, Tangent (joint Linn and Benton County)

Do you want to learn more about the microclimate of where you live?

Do you want to contribute to our understanding of the weather and its effect on plants and animals? 

Become an Oregon Season Tracker “Citizen Scientist” and help monitor precipitation (rain and snow) and phenology (timing of seasonal processes such as bud break).  Through this program, you can volunteer to monitor daily rainfall totals and seasonal plant life cycle stages at a site of your choosing, and contribute your reports to a national data network.  You will be helping OSU Extension, scientists at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and many others to develop a better understanding of weather patterns and how it affects our forests. Your contribution may be especially valuable if you live, or have property in a remote rural area or at higher elevations.

Oregon Season Trackers is participating in two national citizen science networks: CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network) and Nature’s Notebook (part of the National Phenology Network).  Participating is easy, fun, and a great way to learn.  You’ll go home from this workshop ready to get started.

Cost: $35 includes snacks, one set of materials, and a CoCoRaHS-approved rain gauge.  Applied to an individual or couple, but space is limited. 

To register online for the October 25th session in  Tangent,  go to:   https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/782 or call the Benton County Extension office at 541-766-6750