Welcome to Riveredge’s fabulous world of phenology!
What is this term “phenology”? Phenology is the study of plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate, as well as habitat factors. A famous phenologist, Aldo Leopold, once said
“Many of the events of the annual cycle recur year after year in a regular order. A year-to-year record of this order is a record of the rates at which solar energy flows to and through living things. They are the arteries of the land. By tracing their response to the sun, phenology may eventually shed some light on that ultimate enigma, the land’s inner workings.” –Aldo Leopold, A Phenological Record for Sauk and Dane Counties, Wisconsin, 1935-1945
Riveredge has been recording phenology for over 4 decades. Help us track our phenological events by hiking our sanctuary and phenology trails and uploading your observations to iNaturalist!