17,472

January 19, 2014 

B y the numbers That is the number of data points collected last year, the first for the MeadoWatch program. It is a citizen science project studying the impacts of climate change on wildflower phenology or flowering in Mount Rainier National Park. There were 48 volunteers working 78 days and hiking 429 miles as part of that project. Some of the 2013 work included gathering data to help understand how elevation and the date of snow melt-out affects a plant’s life cycle.

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