The Fairbanks Museum Community of Observers program is designed to engage anyone who is curious about tracking changes in the fields, forests and wetlands that define Vermont and northern New Hampshire. The idea is to create a hub for information and ideas about how the landscape is changing, providing data that can inform deeper discussions about the region’s values and traditions.

The Community of Observers provides the tools to help citizen scientists record what they see and hear. These tools include:

  • Field cards to help identify specific birds, butterflies and wildflowers of interest
  • Weather measurement protocols to help record and monitor rain and snowfall amounts
  • Cloud identification cards that help recognize shifts in the atmosphere
  • A Web site with maps and easily accessible information about how to report observations and see what others have observed