How-to for Spring 2020
Let's begin! Cover It Up Spring Instructions
Welcome! These resources show citizen scientists how to set up their experiment in spring of 2020. Before carrying out these steps at your site, please take time to study them at home and be sure you have completed the following steps:
- Selected a site and sent preliminary information (site name, coordinates, and photos) to the research team
- Removed common buckthorn at your site, an area ~30 x 40 feet
- Received your Cover It Up materials from the University of Minnesota
These "how-to" resources are available in two formats that contain identical information, so you may choose between:
- Text with illustrations or a
- Series of instructional videos
Series of instructional videos
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please prepare your pin flags using the Sharpie and instructions provided in your kit.
Watch 6 videos (links direct to YouTube) to see how each step is done.
How-to for Summer 2020
Your site is set up, ready for the first growing season! There is one activity for the summer, "Cutting non-test buckthorn."
June - August: Cut non-test buckthorn
Two to three times during the summer (June through August), participants need to cut all buckthorn that was not directly seeded as part of the experiment. (In other words, cut non-test buckthorn). For tools and details, see PDF below:
How-to for Summer's End 2020
1: Start here
Start with the tutorial to learn what we're doing, why, and how. This interactive course takes 45-90 minutes and works like a slideshow that you navigate on your web browser.
2: Guidance via Zoom
Do you have questions about the tutorial, the activities, or what you see at your site? Visit with Cover It Up staff to ask your questions and learn together. Register using the link above. Attend once or repeatedly. Meetings are at 7 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, August 26 through September 24.
3: The Activities
Participants will describe the understory at their site, take photos, and assess the survival and growth of test buckthorn. You will need these resources (PDFs) to complete the activities:
4: Report what you see
When you are done outdoors, upload your photos and transcribe data from your paper datasheets using this online survey.