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Dear <<Citizen Scientist Login_Name>>,

Today’s Activity: Get to Know Your Ecoregion

Last week we asked you to get to know the community participating in the Habitat Network. You may have browsed the map, found some nearby neighbors, or even joined a group. Your site shares some important characteristics with nearby sites: in particular you probably share an ecoregion.

Probably the best way to imagine an ecoregion is as an ecologically-based “Planting Zone;” and, while many people are familiar with their planting zone (4, 9B, or 6 spring to mind as examples) the idea of ecoregion might be new to you. Rather than just taking weather into account, ecoregions are built from a variety of ecological data that inform the character, plants and animals that inhabit a particular spot on the planet.

Visit this link and the Habitat Network will automatically tell you your ecoregion using your zip code. You’ll find a downloadable planting guide (compliments of the Pollinator Partnership). The webpage also has a bunch of other resources customized to your location (native plants, your county cooperative extension office, and even your classic planting zone (did you know these changed in the last 5 years based on USDA climate data?)). Read-up and walk away a little more connected to the ecology of your place.

Signing off from the California Coastal Chaparral Forest & Shrub Province to the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province,

The Habitat Network Team


Previous habitat mapping activities:

#1: Solve common problems mapping

#2:  Add Ecological Details to Your Map

#3:  Check: Is Your Map Complete?

#4:  Customize Your Map with Objects

#5:  Add Photos to Your Map

#6:  Plan Your Habitat


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