These ‘citizen scientists’ help collect data for the following programs:
- Plants of Concern
- Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network
- Calling Frog Survey
- Illinois Odonate Survey (dragonflies)
- Bird Conservation Network
FPCC uses this data to make decisions regarding new construction and development projects; focus management and restoration; and track whether things are expanding or declining for a plant or animal species.
“Monitoring over longer periods can give us an idea of whether the habitat is facing a downward trend, indicating more restoration or management work needs to be done, or show us positive results,” said Chip O’Leary, deputy director of resource management.