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Learn to Track Flowers for Bats!
The lesser long-nosed bat travels north from Mexico each year to summer in Southern Arizona while raising its young. The bats rely on nectar, pollen, and fruits from local cactus and succulents. The US Fish & Wildlife Service and the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) seek to understand whether the flowering time of these species is changing. You can help by tracking the flowering of saguaro and other plants in your yard or by adopting a trail in the Tucson area.

Training Description:
We will start with a presentation on the Flowers for Bats program and how it helps nectar-feeding bats. We will provide instructions on how you can sign up for the USA-NPN's Nature’s Notebook program and use the mobile apps and/or paper datasheets to record observations of flowering and fruiting of columnar cacti and agave in your own backyard or another nearby area. You will have a chance to practice observations with photographs, and also hear from some local phenologists about their experience collecting flowering phenology data for this campaign.

Training Objectives:
1. Understand what the Flowers for Bats data collection campaign is and why it helps nectar feeding bats
2. Practice how to make phenology observations with Nature’s Notebook.
3. Understand the differences in how to observe saguaros and agaves.
4. Practice how to create an observation site in Nature’s Notebook, add plants, and enter data.

Apr 16, 2021 12:00 PM in Arizona

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