Help PEEC search for the last blooms of summer

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By Special to the Monitor

Last year Pajarito Environmental Education Center began a citizen science project, trying to establish a late-blooming plant list that could form a database for later years and ultimately gauge the effect, if any, of global warming/climate change on our local environment.  
This year’s Big Plant Day will continue this work on Saturday.  Participants should call PEEC at 662-0460 and arrange to cover a specific area under the leadership of various plant experts.  
The plant survey will begin around 8:30 a.m. and conclude by meeting for a noon lunch (bring your own) at PEEC, 3540 Orange Street, to compare and compile lists. Participants are encouraged to form their own groups, but let PEEC know so they can spread out over the county.  
Novices as well as experts are welcome.
Anyone who wishes to submit a list from earlier in the week, starting Wednesday, is welcome to do that as well, but with specific locations and species listed.
It will help to submit lists electronically to center@PajaritoEEC.org.
Chick Keller will lead the effort, but he will need help.