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.
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!