Look at Your Trout Lilies!

The trout lilies are blooming! This is a good sign that spring is really here, and a great time to go out in the woods and check out all the spring ephemerals before the mosquitoes come out.

Trout lilies also provide a great opportunity to do a little bit of citizen science. The Trout Lily Project is collecting basic data on some plant characteristics where you live to answer questions about plant-to-plant variation and pollen trails.

I think I’ve only ever seen red-orange anthers, but now I have to go out and check!

All you have to do is go outside and take a look at the trout lilies nearest you and see whether they have red or yellow anthers (don’t worry— it’s easy to tell!). You’ll make a few observations (detailed on the site if you have questions) on the following:

  • Date of observation
  • Location information
  • Number of flowers observed
  • Presence of yellow anthers
  • Presence of red-orange anthers
  • Estimated percent of anthers that are yellow
  • Distance covered
  • Photos (optional)

Once you do that, you enter your observations through the CitSci.org website. And then… you automatically become A SCIENTIST!!!

Please go look, post your data, and then tell us what you found!

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