Volunteer to help Mohonk Preserve bring its extensive archive collection into the digital age. This is a digital volunteer opportunity that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Learn more about how you can get involved in this exciting digital volunteer project: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/mohonkpreservedsrc/a-century-of-natural-history-observations For over a century, the team at Mohonk Preserve has been diligently collecting data on all aspects of the natural life in the Shawangunk Mountains region. Everything from weather patterns to the phenology of local species is carefully monitored and catalogued each year, creating a treasure trove of data for anyone who wants to know more about the phenology of the "Gunks." Today we use technology to store and track our data, but this was not always the case. Daniel Smiley, the creator of this project, originally would walk the Shawangunk Ridge lands with notecards in hand, writing down whatever he saw. Over the course of his lifetime, he and other researchers with whom he worked created over 10,000 notecards. These notecards are rich with detailed information that is useful in a multitude of research projects in areas like ecology, land-use change, animal migration, and species’ range changes. Rather than keeping this important research tool tucked away in file cabinets, we want to make these cards digitally available to scientists, students and all who want to use them. Through a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Museums for America program, we’ve been able to establish a project protocol and create digital images of over 9,000 Dan’s note cards. Now we’re asking you for help making this information fully searchable by looking at individual cards and transcribing the information on them. Thank you for helping us share and expand access to this remarkable natural history resource!
Mission The mission of the Mohonk Preserve is to protect the Shawangunk Mountains by inspiring people to care for, enjoy, and explore the natural world. Position As a leader in protecting the Shawangunks, the Mohonk Preserve sets the standard for mountain stewardship. Using science to guide land management, the Preserve teaches others to conserve an ecosystem designated by The Nature Conservancy as one of the "Earth’s Last Great Places."
Mohonk Preserve protects the Shawangunk ecosystem through land management practices based on sound ecological research; Preserves the cultural landscape in harmony with its history and heritage; Provides education for children that increases their understanding of the relationships between themselves and nature; Promotes responsible recreation and quiet enjoyment of the land in keeping with its fragility, serenity, and natural beauty.
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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.