Celebrate Earth Day by joining the ranks of Canopy Project Kawartha Lakes (CPKL) as “Citizen Scientists”.
On April 22, Earth Day, CPKL will launch a community project to develop a digital map of significant trees. Citizen scientists (volunteers) will learn how to add trees and their location to an online application that also records species and other identifiers.
“It’s an easy way for people who are passionate about the environment to help us identify and preserve our remarkable or significant trees while participating in a global initiative,” says CPKL volunteer Ruth Cameron.
“All it takes is a smartphone and the iNaturalist app – you share your photo observations with your fellow naturalists and the community does the rest.”
Interested citizen scientists will learn how to judge whether a tree is remarkable or significant, and how to use the app at an Earth Day event at the Fleming College Arboretum. Significance is based on tall size, old age, unique tree species, or historical connection. For example, five sycamores were recently recognized by Victoria Park as significant because of their species, age and history.
“The theme of Earth Day 2022 is ‘Investing in our planet’ and it is a concrete way in which citizens can contribute. By mapping our important trees, we have a better chance of preserving them,” adds Cameron.
CPKL is a group of citizens taking action to protect and enhance the urban canopy in Kawartha Lakes settlement areas. Trees help reduce the impacts of climate change, air pollution and noise, improve mental health and provide shade and habitat. Thanks to generous public and corporate donations, the group has successfully planted more than 64 foster trees and shrubs in places such as BGC Kawarthas and Binney and Smith Community Garden. Approximately 60 trees are expected to be planted in Lindsay schools over the next nine months and planning continues for future tree planting projects in 2022.
The Citizen Science Kickoff Event will take place on April 22 at the Fleming College Arboretum from 3-4 p.m. To RSVP or find out more, contact Ruth Cameron at .