Eastern Washington residents are invited to be citizen scientists at our McCartney Creek Preserve this summer. Don’t worry, you don’t need a white lab coat. All you need is a camera and an internet connection.
As part of the Witnessing Change project, we’ve opened a photo-monitoring trail at McCartney Creek. Visitors are encouraged to take photographs of the vegetation at five designated stops on the trail, and upload them to the Witnessing Change website, where they can be compared with other snapshots.
Comparing the photographs over time will be valuable in evaluating the success of land management. By participating, you can see the landscape through the eyes of a land manager or Conservancy scientist working to improve the ecosystem.
McCartney Creek trail is located in a meadow in Moses Coulee, the Conservancy’s largest preserve in Washington. This nature preserve is a rich and diverse example of Washington’s shrub-steppe habitat.
Shrub-steppe once covered nearly a third of the Evergreen state, but more than two-thirds of has been lost to agriculture or urban development. Support from generous donors like you has helped us restore and preserve this ecosystem for people and nature.
Our McCartney Creek photo-monitoring trail will be open through August, and scientists say it promises good birding on early mornings. Lucky visitors might also spot a badger or mule deer.
Witnessing Change is a project of the Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship in Eastern Washington.
Click here for directions to McCartney Creek.