I am interested in small areas in Piedmont regions and Appalachian mountains of Eastern USA which often have unique climates and species of flora and fauna (bogs, shale barrens, relativity high altitude forests or scrub forests (usually from 2500 to 4500 feet elevation) , springs and valleys. I am less interested in doing 1 or a few days surveys (eg chistmas bird counts, or challenges) and more into long running surveys and monitoring. Also I am less interested in ‘keying down’ or identifying every plant or animal in an area, than in just doing a general survey and monitoring ecosystems or what are called biomes.
The biomes in mk area range from cypress swamps at near sea level, to spruce-fir-tamarack bogs and forests at elevations from 3000 to 4800 feet. Some of these areas are under stress due to invasive species and likely climate change (so book trout are dissapearing, some tree species are dying off).
I’d be interested in whether anyone in this group has an interest in monitoring, surveying and visting these areas. Many of them are not on major trails and can be several miles from the nearest road.