Phenology in Lake Placid
As global climates continue to change, it is important to monitor how living organisms respond to these changes.
Phenology is the timing of natural events related to the seasonal life cycles of living organisms.
“Phenology is nature’s calendar—when cherry trees bloom, when a robin builds its nest and when leaves turn color in the fall.” – National Phenology Network
At Intervale Lowlands Preserve, we document phonological events of trees, insects, and amphibians. Events include flowering, bud break, leaf senescence, and emergence of certain insect species, and first occurrence of frog and toad calls. Part of the job of the Preserve’s summer intern, Lewis Lolya, is to collect data on when these events occur across the preserve. We expect climate change to effect many of these natural occurrences.
If you are an aspiring naturalist or have an interest in nature in any way, you can easily contribute to the National Phenology Networks dataset. https://www.usanpn.org/natures_notebook . You can download the nature’s notebook app to your android or apple smartphone for a quick and easy way to enter observations in the field.
If you are in the Adirondacks, you can learn how to collect data on tree phenology by visiting the new Peacock Park Phenology Trail in Lake Placid, NY. The trail of labeled trees, created by Ezra Schwartzberg of Adirondack Research LLC., offers a standardized and easy way to record data on tree phenology. Once you learn how to collect data, you can even start a phenology trail in your own back yard!