With Patrice Hanlon
Whether it’s strawberry season, allergy season or the rainy season, everyone can connect with nature through the seasons. The study of when recurring, seasonal life stages of plants and animals occur is called phenology. For centuries, people have tracked phenology for the most fundamental of reasons – knowing when to hunt and fish, when to plant and when to harvest crops was essential for survival.
Today, gardeners, birders, hikers, and all-around nature enthusiasts simply enjoy taking note of the recurring events they see in the lives of the plants and animals around them, such as when cherry trees blossom, when birds build their nests, or when leaves turn color in the fall.
These observations serve an entirely different purpose when they are systematically collected and reported by everyday people (called citizen scientists). This data makes it possible for researchers to better understand how species are responding to climate change and to develop more informed tools for responding to climate change. In this talk, you’ll find out how you and your family can get involved as citizen scientists!
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION: Lecture will take place at Civic Park
Date: Wednesday, June 4
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Field Trip to City Creek Walk with Patrice Hanlon
We will meet at Civic Park and tour the Creek Walk where you will learn easy techniques for observing and tracking native plant species. Become a citizen scientist and help the City of Walnut Creek and The Gardens at Heather Farm participant in Nature’s Notebook, a nationwide data base for tracking seasonal changes.
Date: Saturday, June 7
Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Directions and map available upon reservation
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