Calling all citizen scientists: Help us digitize our UNC Herbarium records! Right now we're working on Betulaceae (the birch family), and you can join us through Natural North Carolina, a collaboration between members of the public & research botanists to document the botanical diversity of the southeastern United States.
Herbarium specimens are the basis of documenting the flora of a particular area. By transcribing the label data of herbarium specimens, you help curators catalog their collections. This data is then used to make important decisions to protect natural habitats for plants & animals, to provide clean water, clean air & open space for people, and to advance sustainable relationships between people & nature.
Visit the link below, and click on "Natural North Carolina's - Nothing's BETter Than BETULACEAE" to get started!
** www.notesfromnature.org/active-expeditions/Herbarium ** (For anyone interested, this is an Alnus serrulata (hazel alder) specimen collected in 1969.)