Trees of the Adirondacks: Tamarack (2 August 2012)

EPA Citizen Scientist Wetland Monitoring Project:
Citizen Science Training Workshop I – Observing Frogs, Birds, and Plants
Saturday, 28 February 2015
Saturday, 21 March 2015
2:00 - 5:00 PM

Adirondack Wetlands: Rose Pogonia on Barnum Bog, Swamp Sparrow on Heron Marsh, Green Frog on Heron MarshAdirondack Wetlands: Rose Pogonia on Barnum Bog, Swamp Sparrow on Heron Marsh, Green Frog on Heron Marsh

Join the Wetland Detective Monitoring Corps! These workshops will give you the opportunity to learn more about the natural world while also helping protect it. Become a citizen scientist and learn how to collect information on plants, birds, and amphibians in Adirondack boreal wetland ecosystems. Come to one of the February and March training workshops:

Attending one workshop in February or March will prepare you for the spring workshop on 30 May, when you will put these observational skills to use in a guided outdoor visit to a wetland site.

To sign up, please RSVP to Kristin Pasquino and mention which workshop you will attend (phone: 518-582-2000 x12; email: No prior citizen science experience is necessary. Bring a friend! These workshops are open to the public and designed for participants over the age of 15. Please check out the EPA Citizen Scientist Wetland Monitoring Project website for more information and updates.

Both training sessions are free. You can download a copy of the Citizen Scientist Handbook, by clicking here. For more information and to sign up for the training workshop, contact:

Kristin Pasquino
Adirondack Interpretive Center 
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
6312 Route 28N, Newcomb, NY 12852
Phone: 518-582-2000  Email:

Wetland Monitoring Project Target Species

The project focuses on the following peatland plant species:

Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) Bog laurel (Kalmia polifolia)
Black spruce (Picea mariana) Bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia)
Few-seeded sedge (Carex oligosperma) Labrador tea (Rhododendron groelandicum)
Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata) Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)
Rose pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides) Sheep-laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
Small cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) Tamarack/Larch (Larix laricina)

Project participants will track the following bird species:

Black-capped Chickadee (BCCH) Blue Jay (BLJA)
Common Yellowthroat (COYE) Hermit Thrush (HETH)
Least Flycatcher (LEFL) Lincoln’s Sparrow (LISP)
Nashville Warbler (NAWA) Olive-sided Flycatcher (OSFL)
Purple Finch (PUFI) Swamp Sparrow (SWSP)
White-throated Sparrow (WTSP) Winter Wren (WIWR)

Project participants will monitor the following amphibians:

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans) Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)
Mink Frog (Lithobates septentrionalis) Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens)
Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris) Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
Western Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata) Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)

Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.