UPDATED (08/29/13): YNS Mount Rainier Trip!

It is finally time for another YNS expedition! And after a long and empty summer, we are happy to announce that we will be taking a trip to Mount Rainier National Park at the end of this month!This trip will be done in partnership with MeadoWatch — a citizen science project that seeks to understand the impacts of climate change on wildflowers. Specifically, we will be helping with a project that looks at changes in wildflower phenology by taking date-stamped, geo-tagged photos of wildflowers at different phenophases (budding, flowering, fruiting or releasing seed) within Mt. Rainier National Park. More details about the project can be found here.

Please get this dates into your calendars and sign up for carpools ASAP! Details can be found below:

YNS expedition to Mount Rainier

When: Saturday (August 31st, 2013) from 8:00am-6:00pm
Where: Mount Rainier National Park.
On the day of the trip we will meet at 8:00am in the parking lot of the Burke Museum. Here we will split into separate vehicles and make sure everyone has directions to the locations we will be visiting. 

SIGN UP FOR CARPOOLS HERE:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtPCzsr9TpI6dE1aeVhzSWl5RkxTZnFISTdmcHNYZGc#gid=0We will find a ride for every person that signs up, but you need to put your name down on the carpool list so we know who will be in attendance on Saturday.  If you are willing to volunteer as a driver, please add yourself as a driver on the google spreadsheet and box off the number of available seats. (Note: the drive is ~90 miles and 1.5 hours each way.)

More about the MeadoWatch project:

The project runs through iNaturalist so anyone that has a smart phone should install the iNaturalist app available for iphones here and android phones here. You can sign up for an account either through the app or on their website. The project is here: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/meadowatch  You do not need cell phone service to use the app, the photos will be uploaded to the iNaturalist server once service is available again.

This will be a full day trip.  Please pack a lunch and maybe bring a snack for the way home! Hiking boots, cell phones or cameras capable of taking geotagged photos, and binoculars are encouraged.

Hope to see you all there!

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