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Activities & time commitments

Volunteers are important! Their observations generate new knowledge needed to protect environments from the harms of invasive plants. Here’s how it works:

  1. LEARN to identify wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed; collect phenology data; and be safe around wild parsnip.

  2. LOCATE wild parsnip and/or Japanese knotweed plants in your local environment.

    • Locating one plant is all you need to participate.
    • For help with this step, see the resource pages on wild parsnip or Japanese knotweed. Or, email the program coordinator at [email protected]
    • When: Do this step any time you are ready. If you are not familiar with these plants, it can help to complete the training (above) or see the resource pages on wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed.
    • Time commitment: varies, approximately 2 hours
  3. JOIN Nature’s Notebooby registering an account. Then add your personal site and plants to your online Observation Deck.

    • When: Do this step after locating plants (above)
    • Time commitment: about 20 minutes
  4. OBSERVE plants & SHARE what you see on Nature's Notebook. Protective clothing is required when working around wild parsnip (click for safety information).

    • When: late-March through October, 2020-2022 (Both plants emerge in early spring, March or April. Wild parsnip season ends roughly in August. Knotweed season extends into October.)
    • Time commitment: about 20 minutes per week

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LAUNCH COURSETake the online training to become a citizen scientist with Pesky Plant Trackers.