EcoMonitoring Corps 2020!

EcoMonitoring Corps 2020!

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

MonthDateActivityLocation
JanuarySun 1/19/20 8AM - 12PMOrientation Begin & End at ITE
Sun 1/26/20 8AM - 12PMEMC Outing #1Begin & End at ITE
FebruarySun 2/9/20 8AM - 12PMEMC Outing #2Begin & End at ITE
Sun 2/23/20 8AM - 12PMEMC Outing #3Begin & End at ITE
MarchSun 3/8/20 8AM - 12PMEMC Outing #4Begin & End at ITE
Thurs 3/12/20 4PM - 6PMMid-program EvaluationBegin & End at ITE
AprilSun 4/5/20 9AM - 11AMRemote Phenology Data Collection--
Wed 4/8/20 9AM - 11AMRemote Phenology Data Collection--
Sun 4/12/20 9AM - 11AMRemote Phenology Data Collection--
Wed 4/15/20 9AM - 11AMRemote Phenology Data Collection--
Sun 4/19/20 9AM - 11AMRemote Phenology Data Collection--
Wed 4/22/20 9AM - 11AMRemote Phenology Data Collection--
Sun 4/26/20 9AM - 11AMRemote Phenology Data Collection--

EcoMonitoring Corps - Field Specialists

EMC – Madison

Madison Birchard - University High School, Junior

EMC – Madison

“I joined the EcoMonitoring Corps because I love spending time outside birding.”

EMC – Yada

Yada Leal - Rincon University High School, Junior

EMC – Yada

“The reason I joined the EcoMonitoring internship is because you get to get out into nature and get to know and recognize different species. I find the phenology very interesting, and it helps me better understand how I can use these skills in the future.”

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Matvey Cronyn - Empire High School, Sophomore

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“The reason I joined the EcoMonitoring internship is I love to see and look at animals in the wild. This internship lets me do just that. Plus I’m helping people when I’m doing it. Overall, I wanted to be able to help people and this is the way I want to.”

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Camille McCollum - EcoMonitoring Corps Volunteer

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Camille grew up in Flagstaff, AZ. She currently attends the University of Arizona and is studying Natural Resources with a minor in Plant Sciences. Camille is supporting ITE staff as a volunteer for the EcoMonitoring Corps Program and is CPR & First aid certified.