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Bernalillo County Open Space Supporters,

MC900038750[1]Seasonal Sightings is a project that aims to engage citizen scientists to help gather data on plants and animals along the Middle Rio Grande Bosque Ecosystem. Specifically, the project is focused on seasonal changes such as animal migrations and plants blossoming, known collectively as phenology.

These natural events help mark the seasons, excite amateur naturalists, and provide valuable information to the scientific community. The data will be made available to the wider public through the development of a Seasonal Sightings calendar.

This project is ideal for budding naturalists, students and people who just want to observe nature. To participate, post your observations on the site, Seasonal Sightings Along the Middle Rio Grande project, or visit to download forms on the Get Involved page. See the attached monitoring form for birds as an example. You can also download additional forms on deciduous trees and shrubs, grasses, invertebrates mammals, reptiles and amphibians and wildflowers.

In additional to your observation efforts, we are accepting photos of specific plant and animal species for a 2014 Seasonal Sightings Calendar. Please look at the list below and submit your photos to by July 22, 2013.

Submissions must be high resolution (300 dpi @ 8×11). Please send them electronically: send by email, upload on a site like flicker, or mail in a flash drive. Only select images will be included in the calendar. Finally, the photos you submit can be part of your archive library or recently taken. Thank you for your contributions.