Photo credit: L. Barnett
I can't believe it's already fall... Depending upon where you live, I'm sure there are many exciting changes happening around you. Here in downtown Tucson our changes are more subtle than those in places with wonderful arrays of deciduous trees entering into dormancy, yet when I pay attention to my surroundings I notice many things other than the weather turning a bit cooler and drier.
I noticed the leaves on my ocotillo gradually turning yellow from the decrease in rainfall. The Meyer Lemon I have in a pot has set fruit, after I had tons of fun watching the local honeybees pollinate the flowers. Our white-winged doves have also left for warmer climes. The Anna's and Black-chinned hummingbirds continue to visit our feeders.
In addition to observing I've spent some time over the last few months with my outreach assistant Arthur, organizing and launching a more direct approach to our local Tucson Phenology Trail. We've created a Meet Up site to engage the community in phenological research and observation and held workshops at many of the participating partner organization sites. The results of this work can be found on both the Partners and Educators webpages.
Lastly, I'm very interested in creating a phenology education Community of Practice (CoP) to find and share resources, as well as to ask and answer questions about adding monitoring though Nature's Notebook into your program. If you would, take a few minutes to answer five survey questions and provide feedback on how this might benefit you.
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and, if you are like me, as you cook you'll be thankful for seasonal harvests and be thinking about what life-cycle each of the main ingredients in your feast represents.
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Educational Tip of the Quarter
SPOTLIGHT on Volunteer and Site-based Training Programs
SPOTLIGHT on Nature's Notebook in the Classroom