I think we’ve finally managed to get a Facebook group page going! We’d love you to be part of it. If you are currently a volunteer, or have been in the past and think you will be in the future, please do join. It’s a closed group, so we’ll go ahead and confirm you. Once you’re confirmed, you’ll be able to post pictures and feel free to share experiences of your MeadoWatch hikes, connect with other MeadoWatchers, ask questions, post suggestions, etc. It should be a great way for us all to stay in touch, but let’s make sure to keep it just related to MeadoWatch volunteering, and avoid posting about anything else. Here’s the url for you to go to. Just click the ‘join’ icon, and we’ll take it from there!
The summer marches on and the heat of the last couple of weeks has taken its toll on our precious wildflowers. It’s been amazing to watch the speed with which they progressed from full peak to nearly all fruiting and releasing seed now. Grasshoppers abound on the upper parts of the Reflection Lakes trail towards the junction with Skyline. You almost have to be careful not to step on them, and they seem to particularly enjoy the ‘lorax’ Western anemones. The bees are out in full force now as well—with way fewer mosquitos and flies.
There are plenty of open spots on the schedule if anyone still has a hike or two left in them. It’s a beautiful time to be on the mountain, with the subtle beginnings of autumn beginning to show. And that descending part of the bell curve of data is just as important as the ascending part!
If you have data sheets still hanging out, please don’t forget to send them in, either scanned via email or in the mail. And as always, thank you all for your fantastic volunteering! Of course this program wouldn’t exist without you, and the huge amount of data you collect to help further our growing knowledge about phenology and the effects of climate change on the fragile sub-alpine ecosystem.
Thanks and have a great rest of summer!
The MeadoWatch Team