Phenology observations: Changes to a single feature.
Value of data: These data will be of use in several ways. First, they will add to your site's growing longitudinal data set. Second, they will contribute to Manomet's research on local species' response to climate change. Finally, they will be useful as a contribution to national or regional phenology projects, such as the National Phenology Network's Nature's Notebook.
Estimated time required:
2 full class periods (to contextualize the activity, debrief at end) with 5-min student observations in between.
When does the phenological feature appear?
How does it compare to other measurements — in other locales, and in prior years?
Science Practices: 1,3,4,7, 8