|Phenology Day Flyer|
|Praying mantis egg case. Photo credit: A. Bassett|
|Cottonwood time-series. Photo credit: I. Shiach|
Our Biosphere2 volunteer, Ian Shiach (USA-NPN SNRE Graduate Student), showed visitors his master's research poplar plantation (under the direction of Dr. Dave Moore). Data from the plantation will combine on-the-ground, camera, and satellite data to understand better what different types of phenology information can tell us and if the methods are correlated. He shared a time lapse video from the plantation that was fascinating to watch, and makes you realize how much you are missing when you only look at your plants once a week or a month.
While no one made it out to our Tucson Audubon Society Mason Center site, we had some great staff and volunteers out there who hiked along the established phenology walk. Alyssa Rosemartin (USA-NPN Assistant Director and IT Coordinator) and Jherime Kellermann (USA-NPN Technical Research Associate), two staff with a birding background, and Jim Guessman (Tucson Audubon weekly bird walk host) shared stories about bird phenology on location at the Mason Center.
|Mesquite Flower. Photo credit: P. Guertin|
variety of research projects conducted by Arboretum members and students and learn about desert plan phenology. Patty Guertin, USA-NPN Botanist, provided an overview of phenophases for the plants we've got tagged in the garden. Many of them were blooming during this spring season.
|Cloned lilac project open flower. T. Crimmins|
Lunchtime talks included an overview of the USA-NPN and its goals, presented by Jake Weltzin, our Executive Director, as well an overview of our lilac data from the cloned plants project presented by Outreach Coordinator Theresa Crimmins. After collecting data in for a few years in Nature's Notebook we are able to visualize the "onset of spring" by tracking the leafing and flowering of lilacs across the country. This slide to the right shows the date of first reported "yes" for registered lilacs in our National Phenology Database.
|Fact sheet. K. Welch|
|Mesquite twig girdle. Photo credit: A. Bassett|
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