Almost Wordless Wednesday: Excited about Phenology and Citizen Science

Dogwood flower taken in Raleigh 4-12-2014 (photo credit Cheryl Perry)

Dogwood flower taken in Raleigh, NC 4-12-2014 (photo credit Cheryl Perry)

This coming week we celebrate both Earth Day (22nd) and Arbor Day (25th). When I think about focusing on the earth and trees, I think of phenology. The definition of phenology (literally the “science of appearance) is the study of how seasonal events, like migrations, are impacted by climate and other plant, insect and animal life, such as the first plants to bloom in the spring or when robins build their nests. Since the dogwoods are blooming where I live in North Carolina and since I recently signed up for the Cloned Dogwood phenology project, I thought what could be better than a look at dogwood flowers and the National Phenology Network’s flowering dogwoods project. Visit their site and learn more about this project and others!

Dogwood flower (photo credit Cheryl Perry

Dogwood flower North Carolina (photo credit Cheryl Perry)

Connie Schultz, Master Gardener/Composter (’95 Cornell Extension) now volunteering in Johnston County, NC

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3 Responses to “Almost Wordless Wednesday: Excited about Phenology and Citizen Science”

  1. JMI says:

    Really interesting, thanks​!​

    I think that you would be really interested in some of the most cutting-edge research that I have come across explaining crowds, open innovation, and citizen science.​

    And you may also enjoy this blog about the same too:

    Powerful stuff, no?

  2. Connie Schultz says:

    John, I enjoyed looking at your blog and especially the papers. I had understood the practical application of using crowds (or individuals that collectively are a crowd) for gathering data across time and from a large geographic area but had not thought of it in terms of “collective intelligence” or “outsourcing” – very intriguing ideas! Thank you for sharing. I won’t look at it the same way again! – Connie

  3. Karen Jeannette says:

    What a great way to capture our attention about citizen science and the flowering dogwood project, Connie. With more snow this week, the dogwood flowers are such a site for sore eyes!