Phenology observations: Changes to a single feature.
Choose a single phenological feature to record. At this effort level, this means something like the first flower to bloom in a given location, or the first frog call, or the first sighting of a particular species of bird.
While this is a very small sample, it can be a powerful indicator of what's going in our climate, as it provides a track of when seasons changeValue 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.
Research question: When When does the phenological feature appear? How
How does it compare to other measurements — in other locales, and in prior years?
Science Practices: 1,3,4,7, 8