Pilot Projects

In addition to our long-term monitoring projects, EMMA pilots monitoring and ecosystem management methods for use across our network.

Nectar Calendar

EMMA is currently piloting a method to create a calendar of flowering plants throughout the summer and fall. The calendar will let us know which food sources are available for pollinators over the course of the season, and will be used to inform field management practices.

For more information about, and results of, the project, click here.

Pollinator Blitz

EMMA is in the process of piloting a survey method for pollinators at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, in which photographers photograph pollinators of all kinds on the site.

The photographs are used to identify pollinator species found on the preserve, and will be used to inform management decisions

Vegetation Mapping

During the summers of 2016 and 2017, EMMA piloted a method of vegetation community mapping at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve (VFEP).

Vegetation mapping data is essential to understanding which habitats are available on a particular preserve, and the new map will be invaluable for management and future studies at the VFEP.

For more information about, and results of, the project, click here.