Recording the dates of first (and last) occurrence of biological events in their annual cycle and the study of the effects of the seasons on plants and animals.
Or more simply put, it’s the calendar that nature uses.
Tracking the changes in the seasons is a passion of mine. It started informally at the cabin my family had in my formative years. Now that I’m living in the greater Yellowstone area, I keep a Yellowstone Phenology Journal. While the physical version stays as my priority, I do try to get as many little notes up here as possible.
Keeping a phenology journal provides a comfort in knowing what’s normal and what to expect next. Anytime is a good time to start one.
From the Blog:
They're coming! The Mountain Bluebirds are on their way. It's the surest sign of spring we all look for out here and an email list came through today saying they saw the first ones outside of Laramie. Next they should be seen in the Casper area and then the...
The chinook winds are (still) blowing this morning as I write and the streets in town that were full of water yesterday are drying out. The winds have melted the 8" or so we got from the last storm and are working on the snow left from December. Friends mentioned...
19-25 SEPTEMBER 2016 Sorry about being a bit late with this report - I've been out of town and then - naturally - swamped upon return. Good to get away and good to be back! (Does it get any better than that?) PHENOLOGY & GEYSER REPORT (Phenology is the study of...