Webinar #54- Thursday, November 3, 2016
Weather, Climate and Phenology
National Phenology Network (NPN)
April showers bring May flowers…really?
We’ve all heard the saying that April showers bring May flowers… is this
true? Are plants really that responsive to environmental conditions?
Indeed, they are… the timing of rainfall and heat events has lots to do
with when plants leaf out, flowers open, fruits ripen, birds migrate,
insects hatch, and lots more. The timing of these events in plants and
animals is known as phenology. The phenology of many events in plants
and animals is sensitive to antecedent and immediate conditions, and as
the climate is changing, so is the timing of leaf out, flowering,
migration, and more in many species.
Thousands of individuals are tracking the timing of plant and animal
phenology across the U.S. as part of a program called Nature’s Notebook,
run by the USA National Phenology Network. Using these observations,
scientists are now clearly documenting that when it rains it pours…and
then the flowers bloom! This presentation will cover the history and
science of phenology, some key findings that observational data have
yielded, and how you can play a role in documenting changing phenology
in your own yard.
View the Webinar by clicking here: https://youtu.be/RCwukk_eOjo
View Theresa's presentation slides (6.7MB)
View Theresa's responses to questions
National Phenology Network Website