COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL)- Columbus Botanical Garden is going to be an official site for Caterpillars Count, a national citizen science project.
The project encourages community involvement in the research of arthropods. Participants will take part in the project by recording the presence of caterpillars, butterflies, beetles, and spiders in trees and shrubs.
Ellen Lane, Children’s Education Coordinator for Columbus Botanical Garden, said the Garden is excited to be a host for the nation-wide program.
Measuring the number of arthropods in the environment is important because it allows researchers to see if migratory patterns have changed and understand the reasons behind those changes. Recognizing these patterns and their causes are important to the preservation of the ecosystem and survival of species that use arthropods as a food source.
“It is a good opportunity to have Columbus, in a sense, participate in a citizen science project and have a chance to contribute data to something that is going to help researchers and scientist all over,” said Lane.
She said that participation in this project will not only be beneficial to researchers, but it will also be helpful to the continued growth of the Garden.
Lane said the horticulturists at the Garden are excited to see how many arthropods are there and use the project as a chance to make changes to the area if needed.
“We also think it is a good experience for us to get new people to come out to the gardens,” said Lane.
Any age group is encouraged to be involved in the project.
Columbus Botanical Garden will host an information session on Wednesday, February 27 at noon.
If unable to attend the information meeting, those interested may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Garden at 706-327-8400.