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March 22, 2019

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"Phenology – Document Spring" advisory panel members at the Oldenburg House last week included, from left, Dylan Kelly, Marte Kitson, presenter Betsy Dugan, Roy Hagen, Lisa Angelos, John Latimer, Oldenburg House owner Glenn Swanson, Ryan Pennesi and Laura Sandstrom.

Last Thursday, I was invited to the Oldenburg House for a presentation on “Phenology – Document Spring” by Betsy Dugan, a practitioner of backyard phenology.

Since I had no idea what phenology meant, I looked it up on my phone. It is “the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life” (USA National Phenology Network).

I think I like Betsy Dugan’s definition better. She explained that it is the timing of nature’s calendar: the plant and animal life cycles and stages. The first phenology observation recorded was in...



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