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:
5-11 SEPT 2016 PHENOLOGY REPORT (Phenology is the study of the seasons) Fall has stepped on stage this past week. If you've missed the smaller signs, it might have seemed quite sudden. Where did summer go? Sort of feels like jet lag at times. But I'm really ready to...
29 AUG - 4 SEP 2016 PHENOLOGY REPORT (Phenology is the study of the seasons) Labor Day Weekend, the traffic in Yellowstone picked up considerably. In fact, it felt like it was late July to Early August, but with fewer buses. The past couple of weeks led me to believe...
Can you feel it? Have you noticed the shift that's happening in the weather? Over the past two weeks it's obvious that we're starting the fall dance between summer and winter. This time the shift is to let winter take over and shine. We've had our first good snow up...