Let the Bloom Begin!

The AMC's Mountain Watch program turns hikers into "citizen Scientists." Hikers collect date on air quality and mountain weather and monitor species of forest and alpine plants.

Check out the video, taken by one of the new AMC Mountain Watch Plant Cameras. The video, taken on Franconia Ridge in the White Mountains shows a Diapensia lapponica mat melting out of snow, and finally blooming- pretty cool!

For more information or to get involved with AMC's Mountain Watch:

Why should you help?
Plants in cold limited ecosystems, such as alpine and other mountain environments, may act as sensitive bio indicators of climate change. Scientists are paying particular attention to alpine and arctic ecosystems around the world. Although alpine areas in the Northeast are rare, they are economically, socially and spiritually a distinct part of the Northeast mountains. AMC scientists will compile these data and produce a web-based database of the observations. As this collection of information grows, it will be analyzed for trends indicating climate change. The information will also be used for public education, to raise media attention, and advocate for appropriate environmental policy to address climate change.

Interested in learning more about the animals and plats in the White Mountains? Join a Naturalist Guide at the AMC's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center for a guided walk or hike. Call ahead (603-466-2721) for program times and details. Have a natural history question that you would like answered? Send out an e-mail to amcpnvcnat@outdoors.org