What is PlantWatch?
enjoy the outdoors and gardening? Are you interested in learning about
your environment and the threats that we pose to it? We invite you
to be part of hundreds of people who are looking at the changes in
our environment caused by human activities. It this program, we look
at he flowering time of spring plants to determine if the climate
and other environmental conditions are changing. It is simple, we
note the dates of blooming of targeted species across the province.
This data is used to map the "green wave" of spring across
the province. As part of a network of watchers, you are kept informed
of the results and trends in your province.
is a phenology survey program to monitor changes in the environment.
Phenology comes from the Greek "phaino" meaning to appear
or show and "logos" meaning to study. So, phenology means
the study of seasonal appearances and timing of life cycle events.
One of the most obvious events in the spring is the bloom of flowers.
Spring plants are sensitive to weather variation and can serve as
indicators. They forecast the best time for planting, avoiding pollen
or treating pests. In our case, spring flowers help us track climate
What to do?
province has a selection of species that you can choose from. It is
not neccessary to do all of them. You can decide depending on the
time you have and where you live. These plant species are widespread
in the Atlantic provinces. The best is to pick a location where you
visit regularly, preferably on a relatively flat open area (avoid
buildings and shady areas as they will influence temperatures and
the flowering of teh plants). When you visit your area, look at your
plants. Are they in bloom?
are the species and the survey sheets for your province.