Posted by: Stefan Anderson | January 22, 2013

Phenology Spots and Maps

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During their semester each Conserve School student selects a small patch of our Lowenwood campus for detailed observation. In the spirit of Aldo Leopold and his careful charting of seasonal activity the students note what is there and how their spot changes during their 17 week semester school experience. This activity is designed to teach students about phenology. Phenology is the study of how periodic biological phenomena are connected to to climate. As part of this experience students created beautiful phenology maps as one way of sharing what they observed. To get a sense of what the students did I have included an entry from a student’s electronic portfolio recording information about her phenology spot.

Enjoy,

Stefan Anderson
Head of School


Phenology Spot

At the beginning of the semester we were assigned a project in Science. We would be choosing a spot, or site, on campus that we would visit every week to make observations about the weather, temperature, and wildlife.

February 25, 2012

February 25, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012
1:00 pm
Sunny winter day
23 degrees F
Description of the site: About 50 meters x 50 meters from the edge of Big Donahue Lake to where this picture is taken. It is filled with Balsam Fir and White Birch trees.



March 4, 2012

March 4, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012
1:00 pm
19 degrees F
Sunny, but cold winter day
Heavy snowfall from earlier in the week is still present on the branches and the trunks of the trees.



March 10, 2012

March 10, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012
1:00 pm
55 degrees F
An exceptionally warm day for March. I didn’t even wear my jacket.
Snow melted off the trees, and the snow on the ground was very sticky.
Pileated Woodpecker holes found on a White Birch in the spot.


pileated woodpecker work

pileated woodpecker work



March 17, 2012

March 17, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012
1:00 pm
77 degrees F
Warm, sunny, and no jackets needed
Moss on the bottom of most of the trees and Princess Pine covers the ground.


Princess Pine

Princess Pine



March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012
5:20 pm
48 degrees F
Partly cloudy


April 1 2012

April 1 2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012
6:30 pm
52 degrees F
Partly cloudy
More moss covering the ground.


Moss

Moss


April 21, 2012

April 21, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012
5:00 pm
50 degrees F
Partly cloudy
Heard loons and chickadees


April 28, 2012

April 28, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012
4:30 pm
50 degrees F
Partly cloudy


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