Fostering Landscapes Of Uniqueness and Resilience In Sensored Habitat (FLOURISH)

Using Sensor packages in native plant gardens to analyze biodiversity.

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In FLOURISH, landscaped spaces (manicured grass, non-native or high-water-use plants) are converted to native plant gardens, which are then equipped with sensor packages. Data from those sensors is then tracked over time to detect biodiversity in the spaces and guide the planting of expanded native plant spaces, to continue to enhance biodiversity in the area. The project components include:

Lawn To-Native Plant Conversion 

  • Conversion of 40x40 plots from mowed lawn and sod to native plants. 
  • Plant selection is determined by: 
    • Prioritizing plants that attract native and threatened species, such as milkweed for monarch butterflies.
    • Garden layout and plant selections strategically chosen to encourage long term growth and pest resistance.

Sensor Build

  • Sensor data captured includes audio/acoustic, video and still imagery. 
  • Sensor packages and data collection can be tailored depending on location and needs and restrictions of the site.
  • Sensors are commercial, off the shelf and low cost.
  • The goal is to have the sensor data accessible to via an online portal to track and analyze over time.

FLOURISH System Overview

The FLOURISH system has been deployed at sites in Dulles, VA and Promontory, UT, with more to come.

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