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Training Materials Selecting Plant and Animal Species
Select a site • Select plant and animal species • Select individual plants • Mark your site and plants • Record your observations of animals • Record your observations of plants • Report your data online www.usanpn.org/participate/guidelines
Plants: repeat observations of the same individual plants • Animals: create a checklist for your site, look and listen for all species each time you visit
Did you know? • Why observe this species • Distribution • Datasheet
Identifying plants and animals • Local gardening, birding, or naturalist group • Cooperative extension office • Local college or herbarium • State or national parks • Wildlife refuges
Identifying plants: Internet field guides • eNature: www.enature.com • Discover Life: www.discoverlife.org • WildObs: wildobs.com • Arbor Day Foundation: www.arborday.org/trees/whattree • Wild Flower Center: www.wildflower.org • USDA PLANTS: plants.usda.gov
Identifying animals: Internet field guides • eNature: www.enature.com • Discover Life: www.discoverlife.org • All About Birds: www.allaboutbirds.org • Birds of North America Online: • bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/
What if I still can’t identify my plant? Herb Grass Deciduous Tree
Example datasheets www.usanpn.org/participate/faq 26
Once you have identified your plant… Make sure you have been recording the correct phenophases. 27
What if the plant or animal I want to monitor is not on the list? firstname.lastname@example.org
What if the plant or animal I want to monitor is not on the list?