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Effects of sampling methodology on phenology indices: insights from sites across India and modelling

Effects of sampling methodology on phenology indices: insights from sites across India and modelling

BiorXiv 2023

Plant phenology is the study of timing and extent of leaf, flower, and fruit production. Phenology data are used to study drivers of cyclicity and seasonality of plant life-history stages, interactions with organisms such as pollinators, and effects of global change factors….

When citizens get involved in science

When citizens get involved in science

Teacher Plus Magazine 2022

As I write this article, there has been an unprecedented amount of rainfall in South India- Bangalore has broken its all-time record for the wettest year, already in October, numerous crop fields in Tamil Nadu’s Cauvery delta have submerged….

Environmental correlates of tree reproductive phenology in a tropical state of India - insights from a citizen science project

Environmental correlates of tree reproductive phenology in a tropical state of India - insights from a citizen science project

bioRxiv

Tropical tree reproductive phenology is sensitive to changing climate, but inter-individual and interannual variability at the regional scale is poorly understood….

Best practices for data management in citizen science: an Indian perspective

Best practices for data management in citizen science: an Indian perspective

Biodiversity Informatics 2022

Citizen science has been in practice since the 1800s and is an important source of data for scientists and other applied users. It plays a vital role in democratizing science, providing equitable access to scientific…

A Malayalee Mango Mystery

A Malayalee Mango Mystery

The Wire Science 2021

Summertime is synonymous with mangoes across Kerala. Mango trees are expected to begin flowering in December, with many unripe fruits in March or so….

Using citizen science to build baseline data on tropical tree phenology

Using citizen science to build baseline data on tropical tree phenology

Current Science 2021

Large-scale and long-term understanding of the phenology of widespread tree species is lacking in the tropics, and particularly in the Indian subcontinent…

Watching trees to understand climate change

Watching trees to understand climate change

NDTV Gadgets 2021

The neem tree growing outside my house is a shape-shifter. Every year, without fail, in the cool dry winter its leaves become tired and yellow-brown, and sometimes fall off completely.

A Bygone Pastime

A Bygone Pastime

Nature in Focus 2019

Plants are our most accessible doorways into the natural world. They don’t move, for one, and even for urban dwellers like ourselves, chances are that we have a few plants around us.

Booklet of ten common trees

Booklet of ten common trees

iWonder 2019

How many of these trees can you spot in and around your school campus, home, or neighbourhood? Do you know their local names? Have you noticed when they flower or fruit? What animals visit them and why? What do we(humans) use them for?

watching trees,tracking seasons

watching trees,tracking seasons

Aaple paryavaran

Increasingly, citizens are becoming aware of nature and biodiversity and the services obtained from them. With an army of such ‘citizen scientists’, SeasonWatch started a systematic monitoring of trees on how changes in the timing and appearance of flowers,fruits and leaves can help us understand the changes taking place in our enviroment.

Tracking trees through the seasons

Tracking trees through the seasons

Article in Voices of Teachers and Teacher Trainers magazine 2019

The paper explains how flora changes during the year and points out that phenology of plants and animals can tell us a lot about our environment. It points out that the phenology (study of cyclic events) of plants also affects the animal phenology.

Trees and seasons in a changing world

Trees and seasons in a changing world

i wonder 2019

Trees live close to us in our backyards,gardens, fields, and road-sides. Their lives are intimately connected to he environment they grow in, an environment we know is changing.How are trees coping with the changing climate and weather patterns?

Public participation in understanding biodiversity 2018

Public participation in understanding biodiversity 2018

Karanataka Biodiversity Board - 2018

Public participation in scientific Research( also called citizen science)offer opportunities for developing science- based knowledge within our communities.

The Case of the Confusing Kanikonna Trees

The Case of the Confusing Kanikonna Trees

The Wire 2018

Sayana Sabu, a class X student from Kerala, was intrigued by a tree in her backyard that she had been observing for three years. This was a Kanikonna tree (Cassia fistula, a.k.a. Indian laburnum), expected to be in full bloom by the festival of Vishu on April 14/15 every year. However, this tree was flowering on Vishu as well as at all other times of the year! This was strange.

In the News

A resource to empower children to act on climate change issues

A resource to empower children to act on climate change issues

The Hindu 2024

A handbook brought out by SeasonWatch, an India-wide citizen science project associated with the Nature Conservation Foundation, uses a series of interactive activities to help children understand weather, biodiversity, water, food and soil 

Citizen scientists observe trees to understand climate change

Citizen scientists observe trees to understand climate change

Mint Lounge 2023

“I didn’t know much about climate change and how it impacted our environment until I started observing trees this year,” says Prapti Alva, one of the many students who have turned citizen scientists for SeasonWatch’s November Tree Festival this year. 

Observe the trees around you with SeasonWatch

Observe the trees around you with SeasonWatch

Citizen Matters 2023

Using citizen science to track the patterns of emergence and maturation of leaves, flowers and fruits of Indian tree species.
 SeasonWatch launches March Tree Festival-2023

SeasonWatch launches March Tree Festival-2023

Arunachal Observer 2023

Trees are the pulse of changing seasons. Whether it’s the summer fruits mango or winter flowers Red Silk Cotton or pre-monsoon blush of new leaves, the passing seasons are recorded in faithful detail by the life cycles of trees. 

 Earth day 2022: Discover the citizen scientist within you

Earth day 2022: Discover the citizen scientist within you

The Hindustan Times 2022

There are novel ways for you to contribute to the planet all year round. Sign up for exciting citizen science projects that include tracking crocodiles, differentiating between species of dragonflies and observing seasonal changes in trees.

India’s tree lovers get together for a nation-wide tree festival

India’s tree lovers get together for a nation-wide tree festival

Countercurrents.org 2022

The  August Tree Festival will be held from 15th to 31st August, 2022 all over India. The participants of the festival will go outdoors and observe 166 common tree species.

Nature's summer glory paints the neighbourhood in a golden hue

Nature's summer glory paints the neighbourhood in a golden hue

Hindustan Times epaper 2021

There is an amaltas tree near my house. Come summer, and its golden glory lights up the neighbourhood.

Citizen science in the times of lockdown

Citizen science in the times of lockdown

The Hindu 2020

People-led documentation initiatives focussing on the environment have been going strong through the COVID-19 lockdowns. Here’s why this is good news

Early konna blooms in Kochi set off alarm bells

Early konna blooms in Kochi set off alarm bells

The Hindu 2019

It is not easy to miss Kerala’s State flower, the ‘kani konna’ or the Indian laburnum, when it is in bloom. 

When seasons speak

When seasons speak

NatureInFocus 2019

How perceptive are we of the changing natural world around us? The obvious changes, like the change in seasons or temperatures, certainly grab our attention.But apart from these, our world is continuously expressing itself through smaller, seemingly invisible acts. For example, we may notice that the trees on our route to work have flowered.

Department of Science and Technology

Department of Science and Technology

DST report

Citizen Science in ecology in India-an intial mapping and analysis.

Foot soldiers for the new age scientist

Foot soldiers for the new age scientist

TimesOfIndia 2019

Chennai: The Red Spot Jezebel sits delicately on a flower. The young man waiting silently in the bushes moves into position. He takes aim. In a flash, the butterfly is shot at sight. Now, all Vikas Madhav has to do is upload the photograph. And in that instant, the world of entomology is richer by one more insect.

Citizen science project records shoots and leaves to understand climate change

Citizen science project records shoots and leaves to understand climate change

Mongabay

A school teacher in Meghalaya spent the last four days of his holidays travelling around 30 villages looking at trees. Resly Roy Pariong was scanning trees in backyards, gardens and any tree along the road that caught his inquisitive eye. It took approximately three minutes to observe each tree and make a note of the location, fruits, flowers and leaves, said the science teacher.

Seasonwatch- Spring Tree Quest

Seasonwatch- Spring Tree Quest

Nature in focus 2019

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).

SeasonWatch - Winter Tree Quest

SeasonWatch - Winter Tree Quest

Nature InFocus 2018

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).

Want to Become a Scientist for Climate Change? Here'?s How You Can Help Researchers

Want to Become a Scientist for Climate Change? Here'?s How You Can Help Researchers

The Better India 2018

Up in the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya lives 10-year-old Rudolf Nonglait. Once every week, he stops at a particular Himalayan cherry tree on his way home. He observes the tree for about 5-10 minutes before moving along.

A rare blitz for trees

A rare blitz for trees

The Hindu 2018

Blitzes are swift, vigorous attacks and usually part of military parlance. But there was nothing military about citizens as they looked up at trees across India on December 1 and 2: they were on a bioblitz, recording the flowering and fruiting of common trees.

A feather in your app: Citizen science has come of age

A feather in your app: Citizen science has come of age

The Hindu 2018

It is nearly twilight, and the yellow orb of a full moon has just set behind swaying coconut trees. Flecks of pink appear in the sky and a glorious red ball of fire slowly rises. But no stunning sunrise can distract 27-year-old Emanuel George.

Citizen science projects take root in India

Citizen science projects take root in India

The Hindu 2012

The practice of science is largely seen as the privilege of a few scientists working within the limitations of a research institute or university. But not any more! Thanks to Citizen Science initiatives even non-scientists may experience a taste of scientific research today. Citizen Science is when people make their own voluntary contributions to the progress of science from home.