In June 2019, SeasonWatch held its third bioblitz
event called the Summer Tree Quest. The idea of
this event was to rapidly collect phenology data
on the common and widespread trees of India in
the summer/monsoon season. June is usually marked
by high temperatures in northern India, while the
south and the north-east experience the first
showers of the monsoon.
Spring Tree Quest, 79 individuals, 32 schools and
2 colleges contributed 20276 observations from 18
states and 2 UTs to the Summer Tree Quest. This
is fewer individuals from the previous Tree
Quests contributing data on many more trees! With
this bioblitz, the total number of observations
in SeasonWatch has now crossed 3,00,000!
Congratulations and thanks to all
contributors! This large number was possible
because of individual efforts of extremely
committed and enthusiastic tree watchers.
Our next quarterly bioblitz event would be held
in September. See you all again for the next big
Thank you! SeasonWatch
summeriest of summer fruits was the second most
observed species during the Summer Tree Quest.
PC: Dr. P. U. Priyanka
Top 10 Species
This Summer, because of the special rider
against observing coconut palm, we had a new top
species in Teak, followed by Mango, Jackfruit,
Neem and Chandada. All India, top ten species
were as follows:
(all varieties)- Mangifera indica
Top 10 States
Most number of observations came from these 10
states. 85% of all observations came from Kerala!
The SeasonWatch Tree Quests are designed as a fun
race for anyone who is interested, with the aim of
communing with nature and trees over 4 days.
However, the term 'race' can be taken to the
extreme - and this is not what we intend. For the
purpose of understanding nature, every single
observation is equally valuable, and all
participation is greatly appreciated. In this
spirit, we are refraining from publishing our
results as ranks and tree scores, and instead
naming our top contributors in alphabetical order.
The Summer Tree Quest saw a few new and
many repeat individuals among the top 10
contributors. Here are the top ten individual
contributors from the country, in alphabetical
Alvin T Biju, Kiran
Sojan, Lakshmikant Neve, Lyla K.S., Dr. Priyanka
P. U., P. Rajangam, Resly Roy Pariong, Sarath
C., Shaidallin Kharjana, Unnikrishnan M. P.
Students must have worked hard in the heat to add
observations during the Summer Tree Quest! Some
managed to have a lot of fun, though! Kudos to
all participating schools! The top ten
contributing schools are listed here in
Mathamangalam, G.H.S. Kalichanadukkam, G. H.
S. S. Mathil, Government Higher Secondary
School, G.U.P. School Kongad, G.V.H.S.S.
Veeranakavu, M. T. S. S. K. G. U. P. School,
Rev. T. J. Jones Presbyterian School, St. Helens
G.H.S Lourdepuram, WINGS Botanical Research Wing
We spoke to some of our contributors about
their experience participating in the Tree Quest
and what inspires them to look at nature.
Students of G.V.H.S.S.
Veeranakavu making observations
Priyanka P. U. is a teacher at the Govt. V.H.S.S.
Veeranakavu. When asked how she managed to
observe her 1800 odd trees, she said: "In the day
time I traveled to many places and observed
the trees". She traveled on her two wheeler, made
observations in a notebook and later uploaded
them online. "Now the app is so much easier than
earlier" she notes. Meanwhile, her students at
G.V.H.S.S. were among the top contributors in the
school category. About their effort, Dr. Priyanka
says "my students actively participated in the
Summer Tree Quest". This time round, the students
made observations as a group and even new
students participated. "This is the attraction of
SeasonWatch" she says. Her student Vaishnavi
noted that this was a "simple but interesting and
informative event" for her.
Panchayat Union School,
Salem, led by Mr P. Rajangam, take a break
Rajangam of Tamil Nadu has always had a keen
interest in trees and it has been so since his
childhood. "When I was a school child, I started
tree planting", he says, "I planted many trees
like Tamarind, Coconut, Mango, Amla, Drumstick,
Chicku in the farm. As a teacher, I worked at
many schools. Planting trees and growing
flowering plants is one of the activity for my
students." Mr Rajangam now works at the Panchayat
Union School in Thalavaipatti, Salem and
participated in tree watching for SeaosonWatch
during the Spring Tree Quest. After an initial
hurdle in the inability to ID trees, Teacher and
students are now ready to make regular
observations! He says: "My students also felt
happy to know more tree species. Their
observation skills improved. They are ready to
respect the nature. We are planned to watch the
trees every weekend."
Students of Rev.
T. J. Jones Presbytery school explore
Mawphlong sacred grove with their teacher Mr.
Shai Kharjana during the Summer Tree Quest. PC:
Mr. Shai Kharjana teaches at the
Rev. T. J. Jones Presbytery School. He says:
"This is the first time for me to take part
in the tree quest. As my experience I had
faced some problems, because I don't belong from
science background and I don't know the name
of most of the tree species. So, I started
my observation on the first day in Shillong
Botanical garden and Lady Hyderi Park where each
of the tree had a name tag." He took his
school to the Mawphlong Sacred Grove forest
during the Summer Tree Quest - "...during this
observation we stayed around 4 hours inside the
forest and did more than 100 observations.
All of the students took part with
enthusiasm, interest and great pleasure to
watch the leaves, fruits and different
organisms present on the tree. One of the
students said that we are not learning only the
trees but also that different
organisms in the forest react differently
with the climate and season in the year"
students from Government Higher Secondary
School, Arasur Had quite a wonderful time
climbing the trees they observed! PC: P
A beloved summer
fruit in Kerala, Jackfruit. PC Dr P.U. Priyanka
In different regions, different species were more
observed. In the North, enough sample size was not
available to look at patterns of any tree
species. Here is a map of India, with
locations of all observed trees and the phenology
of the most abundant tree species in each region.
Teak in the south mostly had mature leaves,
few flowers and fruits. White babool in
central-western region had ripe fruits. The Indian
cherry, which was blooming profusely in March,
neither had flowers nor ripe fruits.
The top 10 species in the
different sub-regions of India were as follows:
What do data on 20000 + trees tell us about the
summer phenology of tree species across India?
About half of all mango and jackfruit trees
had ripe fruits on them! Summer is their season
Two tree species beloved by
birds (and humans) for their one-of a kind fruits
- Jamun and Guava - also had ripe fruits
Some species such as rain
tree and gulmohur, which were reported to have
flowers during the Spring Tree Quest were
profusely flowering in the summer as well!
Even a small
percentage of the iconic Indian laburnum tree and
Indian coral tree, both not expected to be
flowering at this time of the year, were in fact,
GHSS Diwansapudur in TN make observations
during the Summer Tree Quest
We are very thankful to all the
individuals, schools and colleges who
participated in the Summer Tree Quest! Here is a
list of everyone who participated:
Ambika English Medium School-Palakunnu, Anderson
H. S. S., Bemannur G. U. P. S. -
Paruthippulli,Blossom English School- Kainatty,
Chinmaya Vidyalaya Pacramasamy Raja Matriculation
Higher Secondary School-Rajapalayam, C P N M G H S
S Mathamangalam, Durgapur Govt. College, G. H. S.
S. Mathil,.G.U.P.S, G. H. S.
Kalichanadukkam,Government High School Cinchona,
Government Higher Secondary School, Government
Higher Secondary School- Diwansapudur, Govt.
Higher Secondary School, G. V. H. S. S.
Veeranakavu,G.U.P. School Kongad, Hidayathul Isalm
Sangam English Medium, I. G. G. H. S. -
Katterikuppam, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, John,
K. K. P. M. U. P. S. Varinjam,
M.T.S.S.K.G.U.P.School, N. S. H. S., Panchayat
Union Middle School Thalavaipatty, Pariong
Presbytery Higher Secondary School, Poorna
Learning Centre, Rev. T. J. Jones Presbyterian
School, Shahid Manoj Singh Chohan G. I. C. Gaindi
Khata,S. M. L. P. S. Kaliyar, St. Helens G. H. S.
Lourdepuram,T. S. S. G. U. P. S., Velammal Matric
Hr Sec School-Madurai., WINGS Botanical Research
draw winners: One
lucky individual and school will be getting a sur-prize!
Our challenge during this event was to see at
least 20 trees of which none was supposed to be a
coconut palm. We used lucky draw to pick an
individual and a school, from among all those
that met the above criteria, to give out a
consolation prize. Congrats to Sahana M.
and Rev. T. J. Jones Presbytery
School on being our lucky draw
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