Do April showers still bring May flowers?
An upcoming program at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library may provide an answer.
“Phenology in a Changing Climate” will examine how plant cycles are affected by weather and climate. Two sessions of the program will be presented, on Friday, March 31 from 2 to 3 p.m. and again Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Phenology is the study of recurring plant and animal cycle stages. Mark D. Schwartz, phenoclimatologist and Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, will be the speaker at both programs.
Schwartz is the current president of the International Society of Biometeorology, and co-founder of the USA National Phenology Network. The Library programs are co-sponsored by the Eau Claire Garden Club. No registration is required.
According to the USA Phenology Network website: “Phenology is nature’s calendar” and determines “when cherry trees bloom, when a robin builds its nest and when leaves turn color in the fall.”
To better understand such changes, the organization developed “Nature’s Notebook,” a project focused on collecting standardized ground observations of phenology by researchers, students and volunteers.
Attendees at the Library program will learn:
· How changes in the start of the growing season have played out over the last century, especially in North America.
· How the start and end of the growing season can be measured in different and complementary ways.
· How to observe and record observations from the start and end of the growing season in our area, as well as other phenological events.