COVID-19 Program Alterations:
The EcoMonitoring Corps Internship is switching to a remote ecomonitoring process. The core activities and concepts behind the program will remain the same. In fact, phenology and avian monitoring have never been more important! As the world slows down around us, observation and monitoring of our nonhuman neighbors and how they pass time in our shared ecosystem could give us a means of rationalizing all the shifts in our own lives. Phenology and birding protocols will remain the same, they will just continue in our own backyards.
The YAC EcoMonitoring Corps (EMC) observes, monitors, and records the phenological changes of our unique, biodiverse urban ecosystem.
Monitoring efforts take place in natural urban areas such as the Santa Cruz River, the Arroyo Chico Greenway, and the ITE Urban GreenLot and aim to document the changes in Sonoran Desert flora and fauna throughout the year. All data gathered will directly contribute to ongoing citizen science efforts, both local and national in scope, through platforms such as E-bird, Nature’s Notebook, and iNaturalist.
EMC Field Specialists will be challenged to improve their peer-to-peer mentorship skills, gain basic eco-monitoring skills (i.e. collecting data, identifying wildlife, processing data), and strengthen their interpretation skills around natural and cultural history.
EMC Field Specialists will be expected to collaborate with ITE Staff and fellow EMC leaders in preparing and structuring field outings for non-EMC YAC members. They will also be expected to participate in a final symposium to highlight their findings to the local scientific community and members of the Tucson public.
If you are a young person between the ages of 15 and 20 and would like to earn money and help your community, please fill out this EcoMonitoring Corps Field Specialist APPLICATION.
EMC Spring 2020 Schedule Overview
|January||Sun 1/19/20 8AM - 12PM||Orientation||Begin & End at ITE|
|Sun 1/26/20 8AM - 12PM||EMC Outing #1||Begin & End at ITE|
|February||Sun 2/9/20 8AM - 12PM||EMC Outing #2||Begin & End at ITE|
|Sun 2/23/20 8AM - 12PM||EMC Outing #3||Begin & End at ITE|
|March||Sun 3/8/20 8AM - 12PM||EMC Outing #4||Begin & End at ITE|
|Thurs 3/12/20 4PM - 6PM||Mid-program Evaluation||Begin & End at ITE|
|April||Sun 4/5/20 9AM - 11AM||Remote Phenology Data Collection||--|
|Wed 4/8/20 9AM - 11AM||Remote Phenology Data Collection||--|
|Sun 4/12/20 9AM - 11AM||Remote Phenology Data Collection||--|
|Wed 4/15/20 9AM - 11AM||Remote Phenology Data Collection||--|
|Sun 4/19/20 9AM - 11AM||Remote Phenology Data Collection||--|
|Wed 4/22/20 9AM - 11AM||Remote Phenology Data Collection||--|
|Sun 4/26/20 9AM - 11AM||Remote Phenology Data Collection||--|