Informing sustainable community adaptation in a changing world

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Participation in the Songs of Adaptation project is open to all.  You can participate by contributing iNaturalist observations, installing an observation node in your backyard, or by creating a partnership for scientific observation and community engagement.  We welcome all levels.

As part of the global Songs of Adaptation project you will receive access to standardized methodology and a framework for participating in a scientific and community multi-dimensional dialogue.  Data management, analysis, and summaries are part of this global framework.

Potential Songs of Adaptation Partnership Levels

  • Biomeridian Member
    • A Biomeridian is a monitoring transect across gradient (e.g., elevation).  Monitoring instrumentation is installed at regular increments along the gradient to understand local dynamics.  High-level community engagement and training are part of a Biomeridian site. Local partners (national, regional, local) are a must.  If you are interested in this level of partnership, contact us to discuss potentials! We’d love to add you to our global family that currently includes Nepal and Bolivia.
  • Monitoring node…or two…or five
    • School?  Scout troop?  Land owner? Conservation Group?  We have a partnership level just for you.  For a small monetary investment you can buy instrumentation and tap into our global network.  We provide methodology, suggestions for placement of instrumentation, curriculum development, iNaturalist training, general support, and much more.  Contact us to learn how you or your organization can join Songs of Adaptation to learn about Your place and Your changing world.
  • Also consider joining as an iNaturalist Family Member, supporting us financially to help this project sing, or joining our mailing list and social media to learn more about our work.     


Songs of Adaptation uses iNaturalist to support our traditional scientific data gathering.  This allows participation by all, using smartphone technology.

Participation is encouraged near existing observations nodes to documentation vegetation and contextualize these sites.  Observations at other locations will help create a global picture of our changing world; worldwide observations will also inform the placement of future observation nodes.  

With your smartphone you can join the global Songs of Adaptation community on iNaturalist and contribute today!  Show us that funky plant on your school nature trail or that beautiful flower seen on your desert camping trip. It’s all important and a part of the story of our adapting planet.   


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Mailing list: We will occasionally send you updates and bird songs to make your inbox sing.

If you are a programmer, you can contribute to the Open Source software we are developing on the Songs of Adaptation GitHub.


Songs of Adaptation provides a platform for global engagement in telling the stories of our changing world.  Scientific observations are coupled with community participation through a two-way dialogue.

Support this work through participation or contribution.  Your contributions can fund community climate change awareness training, bioacoustic monitoring, a wildlife camera, or the development of middle school curriculum.  

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For example,

$2000 pays for a new observation node.  How about a biodiversity hot spot in South America?  Or a middle-school in rural West Virginia, USA? Or what about more Songs of Adaptation from a remote valley near Mt. Everest?

$1000 provides English and computer training for a field technician in a developing country.  This training gives our technicians the ability to better participate in the global project dialogue, as well as skills to improve their livelihood in an increasingly globalized world.

$500 provides community development training for a potential leader in rural Nepal.  Community members who have gone through this training have gone on to start their own guest houses, increased family incomes, and become community activists.

$200 pays for a wildlife camera installation in a biodiversity hot spot.  What about those quiet big cats we know are there….bioacoustics doesn’t capture everything!

$100 pays for a hard drive to transport data from Nepal or Bolivia.  Internet connectivity is low in many of the areas we work, and data must be transported by hand on external hard drives until it can be uploaded to the cloud.  Don’t worry, we make copies. A typical data path might include….backpack through the jungle, transfer from SD card to hard drive on a porch overlooking a remote village, motorcycle to town, car to airport, plane to capital city.

Other amount: Any contribution you provide furthers this work to support sustainable community adaptation to a changing world.  

Thank you!