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Phenology Observation: Changes to a single feature (e.g. first flower, first bird sighting, first frog call)

Value of data:  This data will be of use in several ways.  First, it will add to your site's growing longitudinal data set.  Second, it will contribute to Manomet's research on local species' response to climate change.  Finally, it 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

Research Questions: 

When does the phenological feature appear?

How does it compare to other measurements — in other locales, and in prior years?

Applicability:

Science Practices: 1,3,4,7, 8

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Annual Photo Post

Value of data:  This activity increases knowledge about the study site, and can encourage comparisons with photos taken in other seasons or at other vantage points.  Photos can be shared with other Climate Lab sites for discussion and comparison, and discussion and analysis of the photos can suggest new inquiries for individual or group projects. 

Estimated time required:

Half a period to contextualize and teach the protocol;  one class period to discuss data;  time for uploading data to site.  Optional additional classroom time, see  protocol for details 

Research Question: 

How does the site change with the seasons, and year after year?

Applicability:

Science Practices: 1, 3, 8

NGSS and MA Standards: 7.MS-LS2-4 

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