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Winter Tree Quest 2018
December 1, 2018 - December 2, 2018
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 year.
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?
Who can 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?
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. Download the 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 observation.
How much time will this take?
How many phenophases need to be observed?
Is there a prize?
How to raise queries?
You can also write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow us on facebook and instagram to get updates.
Winter Tree Quest Results
In December this year, SeasonWatch held its first bioblitz event called the Winter Tree Quest. The idea of this even was to rapidly collect phenology data on the common and widespread trees of India.
we are thrilled with the participation we saw this time! 121 individuals, 50 schools & 34 colleges contributed data on 14814 trees from 23 states! Here are the results of the Winter Tree Quest
Top 5 individual contributors
The top 5 individual contributors from across India are given below. It was spectacular to see individual observations exceeding 400!
- Unnikrishnan M.P 484
- Pavel Ghosh 466
- Lakshmikant Neve 339
- Sujatha M 199
- K.S.Lyla 115
Top 5 schools/colleges
The top 5 school/college contributors from across India are given below. The top count exceeded 4000! More power to these citizen scientists!
- ST. Helens GHS Lourdepuram 4330
- Madonna AUPS Kasaragod 2094
- Govt V H S S Veeranakavi 1652
- IISER Pune 627
- Govt. U.P. School Kongad 493
Top 5 states
Most number of observations came from these 5 states. Kerala contributed a phenomenal 78% of all observations!
- Kerala 11567
- Maharashtra 1020
- Karnataka 549
- Uttarakhand 528
- West Bengal 509
What were the top species recorded across the country? Here is a graph of the tree species which had more than 250 observations from across the country
Phenology of top 5 species
Wondering how the most observed trees are behaving across India? Here is the proportion of trees of Coconut palm, Mango, Jackfruit, Neem and Teak that have fresh leaves, open flowers or unripe fruits. ‘N’ here means the total number of trees observed. More results and summaries to follow, so keep watching this space!
1. Coconut Palm
3. Jack Fruit
All Our Participants