Farewell, For Now

Hello all,

I am officially at the end of my internship with the National Park Service and Appalachian Mountain Club. In the past 12 weeks, I launched this project and collected observations from over 1000 of you! I am so grateful for your participation in this project. Your observations have proven once again that using iNaturalist as a research tool is possible. From the 3000+ observations in this project, I was able to create baseline metrics for analysis of flowering and fruiting in native plants along the New England Trail. I found that yellow trout lily, jack-in-the-pulpit, and Canada mayflower will be the best indicators of spring for the region. I also found that many factors such as elevation and latitude impact when seasons arrive.

Only through your efforts could I have begun this project and made these scientific conclusions. But this project is by no means over! The New England Trail Nature Watch will continue to live on as a tool for AMC and the NET’s conservation research efforts. While I may be leaving my position as project administrator, I will continue to contribute - I hope you all do as well.

I had a great time getting to know you all, and see what you’ve observed over the years. I wish you all the best and happy observing!

P.S. If anyone is interested in becoming a curator for this project please message @val_neuhausser or @gmurray on iNaturalist! This volunteer opportunity will aid our research greatly and can occur remotely on your own time!

Posted by grace_piselli grace_piselli, August 05, 2022 19:06

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Great project! I'm glad that you were doing it, wish that I had been able to participate more this past year. I wish you the best as you chose the next thing to do in your life!
Karro Frost

Posted by karro_frost 3 days ago (Flag)

Thank you Grace for launching this awesome project ! We are thankful to have had such a hard working and knowledgeable intern and I know you will continue to contribute greatly to science and science education as you move on in your career. All the best in the future!
Georgia

Posted by gmurray about 24 hours ago (Flag)

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