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Phenology - May 2014
By Kelly Amoth, Interpretive Naturalist
The April phenology calendar was full of events as we finally began to shift out of winter and into spring. There were still a few days with the word SNOW written down, but I'm crossing my fingers that we are done with all the white stuff until next winter! Here are a few things we are looking forward to seeing at Warner this month:
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What is phenology?
Phenology is the study and science of appearances and how they change over the seasons. The word itself is related to the word phenomenon. Think of phenology as recording and studying the natural phenomenon that occur around us every day.
Phenology can be as easy as recording what day you see birds returning to your feeders each year or when you see flowers blooming but make no mistake, phenology is serious science. By studying phenology we can better understand how the earth changes. Phenology records going back hundreds of years for the same location have even supported global warming research by showing that spring is arriving earlier than it used to historically.
At Warner Nature Center, groups help us fill out our phenology calendar each year and naturalists enter the data into a computer database.