People across the country are reporting untimely events of
flowering in trees. Have you noticed trees flowering and fruiting
out of season? There are reports of Amaltas (Cassia fistula) trees
flowering through the year, reduction in the flowering crop of
Mahua (Madhuca indica), early flowering in Burans (Rhododendron
arboreum), and aberrant flowering in Cherry Blossom (Prunus cerasoides).
These are only a few examples of changes taking place
in iconic trees of cultural importance across the country. To learn
more, we need your help in collecting scientific data on trees.
We are conducting a country-wide event this winter. This is
the first in the series of events that are planned for the coming
Please take part in the upcoming tree quest and help spread the
word in your community.
It is a great opportunity to go outdoors
and watch trees.
When is the event?
1st and 2nd December 2018
Who can participate?
Anyone with a love for trees and
enthusiasm to participate!
How to participate?
- Look at trees around your house or office, in your school or
college campus, from a window or on a walk.
- Observe if the trees have leaves, flowers or fruits (see
details below on 'how to observe').
- Upload your observations using SeasonWatch app (see details
below on 'how to upload').
Which trees species can be observed?
Choose a species from the list of +100 SeasonWatch trees. See the
How to observe a tree?
- Choose any mature tree from the above list.
- Observe the tree for any or all of these phenophases: fresh, mature or dying leaves, buds and open flowers, unripe, ripe, and split fruits. At least one phenophase needs to be observed.
- Report their quantity as few (if present in less than one-third of the tree crown) or many (if present in more than one-third of the tree crown)
How to upload observations?
- Use SeasonWatch app to upload your observation.
app for free from Google play.
- Register if not already on SeasonWatch.
- Use 'casual observation' feature to record our observation.
The app will guide you through the process of adding a tree,
marking the location of the tree, and recording and saving your
How much time will this take?
About 5 minutes with a good internet
How many phenophases need to be observed?
At least one phenophase needs to be observed to upload
the observation but you can observe as many as you want. Various phenophases that
can be observed and reported are: fresh, mature or dying leaves, buds and open flowers,
unripe, ripe, and split fruits.
Is there a prize?
Yes. Top contributor (person with highest number of trees observed)
will win a prize and top three contributors will get a special mention. Names
of all those who observe at least five trees will also be included in our next newsletter.
How to raise queries?
If you have any queries regarding the
quest, you can reach us on our
can also write to us on
email@example.com, and follow us on
facebook and instagram to get updates.