ProjectNoah.org, serving as a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. This interactive tool will help you explore and document wildlife, and also use your smartphone (iPhone and Android) to navigate, snap photos, and upload your observations! There are also links to ongoing science research you can contribute to.Another fun site (and smartphone app) is
The WildLab takes "tweeting" to a whole new level by using mobile technology to enhance birdwatching, allowing you to explore, discover, and share the natural world with your computer or smartphone.
You can also use your phone, computer or other GPS units to speak the "language of location." Groundspeak uses location-based technology to encourage outdoor activity. Check out their sites and resources and visit the Geocaching Blog!
UPDATED: Project BudBurst, the plant phenology site we mentioned a few weeks ago has just announced it has joined NEON, the National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc., to better capture user-collected data online through new tools and improved resources. An enhanced website and user-friendly mobile application are expected to be released by late spring. Read more here! Also, check out this great post from NWF for some updated app ideas!
From nature nut to tech-head, there is something out there for everyone. Matching your family's interests with the right tools and technologies might help you all engage in nature together. Plus, having more options makes it easier to navigate your way through the rainy/sunny/snowy/windy/muddy/melty/chilly fluxes of March in Wisconsin!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Nature Net has just posted this year's Earth Day Bouquet - a listing of family events at Nature Net sites in celebration of Earth Day 2011.
If you are looking for something to do with your family during the weeks around Earth Day, Nature Net's "Earth Day Bouquet of Events" offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, get involved in your local and natural community, and become motivated to make a difference in the health and sustainability of the environment.
From park clean-ups and hikes, to Earth Day festivals and vacation day camps and programs, there is sure to be an event suited for your family. Check the schedule for the free and low-cost events that interest you, and mark your calendar for a Bouquet of things to do, explore and learn about this Earth Day season. Events take place at Nature Net sites during the weeks of April 10-23 - with a bonus event on April 30! Registration, fees and details vary. Click each link for details and check back for updates!