Phenology is the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year. Researchers record when plants flower, insects hatch, and birds migrate, among other tasks.
Beaver Ponds works within the guidelines of the National Phenology Network, whose goal is to build a large database, which will link the timing of these changes to weather and climate. We use their Nature's Notebook program to track four species: lodge-pole pine, quaking aspen, Engelmann spruce, and prickly rose. We track four specimens of each and are always looking for volunteers to help with this project. Please click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Beaver Ponds.
Nature's Notebook is a national, online program, where amateur and professional naturalists regularly record observations of plants and animals to generate long-term data sets used for scientific discovery and decision-making.