Have you noticed how the summers are becoming hotter and the monsoons more unpredictable? Have you wondered how changes in our seasons might affect the world around us? SeasonWatch Meghalaya studies the changing seasons by monitoring the seasonal cycles of flowering, fruiting and leaf-flush of common trees. Anybody - children and adults, interested in trees and in the rapidly changing climate can participate. It's very easy! Just SELECT a tree near you and MONITOR it every week. UPLOAD this information through your account on this website to add to the data collected by volunteers from all across India. Interested? Read the DETAILS of the project and REGISTER to join our brigade of nature observers!
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The tree species that we are monitoring in SeasonWatch Meghalaya have been chosen because they are known from the state and are widely distributed across rest of the country.
You can select from a list of 25 focal species, but are also welcome to check out the entire list of species being monitored.
Take a walk outside and look at the trees in your neighbourhood and choose healthy, mature trees from the SeasonWatch list. You will have no trouble identifying the Cherry Blossom or the Mango but may face some trouble with, say, the Red Silk Cotton or the Indian Coral Tree.
When you register you get access to detailed material that can help you identify all the SeasonWatch trees.
Once you have identified and chosen your trees the next step is to monitor them once a week. This is the central activity of SeasonWatch Meghalaya and is a simple 5-minute job for each of your trees.
You look for the following tree parts- leaves [fresh and mature], flowers [buds and open flowers], and fruit [unripe and ripe]. And you note down whether each of these are 'none' or 'few' or 'many'. So, for a cherry blossom tree you are monitoring you may find that in a particular week there were few fresh leaves, many mature leaves, no buds, many flowers, no unripe fruit and no ripe fruits. It's easy!
Monitoring your trees may be easy but when thousands of people upload their observations into a central database through this website, the results become exciting. You begin to see how your five-minute-per-week observations contribute to the understanding of the larger seasonal variations that are happening within the state as well as across the country.
Also, SeasonWatch is based on a philosophy of open sharing and all participants have complete access to the knowledge that they help to co-create here. REGISTER and become a SeasonWatcher!