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Oregon State recruits citizen season trackers

More than 100 Oregon Season Tracker rain stations have cropped since the program opened in 2015, helping fill in missing microclimate data in Oregon counties

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 3, 2017 8:50AM

Participants in the Oregon Season Trackers program monitor precipitation and plant changes from their backyards, farms, woodlands and schoolyards, sharing it with researchers nationwide.

Jody Einerson

Participants in the Oregon Season Trackers program monitor precipitation and plant changes from their backyards, farms, woodlands and schoolyards, sharing it with researchers nationwide.


Oregon State University Extension Service is providing citizen scientists a chance to help track the change of the seasons.

The Oregon Season Tracker program connects community volunteers with university researchers to collect and report local data on precipitation and phenology, the study of plant life cycles and how they are affected by climate and habitat. Volunteers collect data from their backyards, farms, woodlands and schoolyards. The data is shared with researchers nationwide.

More than 100 rain stations have cropped since the program opened in 2015, helping fill in missing microclimate data in counties, but more are needed, according to Oregon State University.

Participants can take online training before attending skills-building training from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 in Astoria. The program costs $40 per person or group sharing materials, including a program-approved rain gauge. Scholarships are available for classes and other groups.

To register and take the online training, visit http://tinyurl.com/yatkdzdw. For more information, call 503-325-8573.



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