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Observing Nature’s Clockwork
April 27, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pmFree
Join Riveredge Nature Center (RNC), Mequon Nature Preserve (MNP), the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (SANC) and the Urban Ecology Center (UEC) as we celebrate the return of spring.
Start the day at MNP by learning what plant phenology is, how tracking phenology can be an easy and a fun way to get involved in science, and why tracking these events is of high importance in our community. The morning will consist of hiking the trails of MNP to observe, learn, and record plant phenology. In the afternoon, participants will get to experience RNC’s NEW Interactive Spring Ephemeral Phenology Trail and will be able to contribute to a nationwide phenology database, as well as, the sanctuary’s phenology records. Then we will head to the cooler lakeshore and join Don Quintenz on a phenology hike at Schlitz Audubon with a sampling of what they do for public involvement regarding plant phenology. We will end the day with Executive Direct Ken Leinbach on an informative walk through the new Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum that is now part of their outdoor classroom. The many years of phenology information they have collected will be discussed (and hopefully added to!) along the way.
This is a catered lunch event; pre-registration is required by April 24th. Bus transportation will be provided for the day.
An optional dinner (on your own) with the Executive Directors will end the event.
Register by clicking the link below or call 262-375-2715.
Fee: Free for all participants ($10 donation appreciated)
- 9:30-10:00: What is Phenology?
- 10:00-11:00: Hiking the trails of Mequon Nature Preserve to observe, learn, and record plant phenology. Participants will learn what the term “phenophase” is and how it relates to individual plant species and why each phase is important in the life cycle of the plant.
- 11:00-11:30: Review and relevant websites
- 11:30-12:30: Lunch catered by Out & Out
- 1:00-2:30: Experience Interactive Plant Phenology Trails at Riveredge Nature Center. Join naturalists at Riveredge Nature Center to experience their new Spring Ephemeral Phenology Trail. This trail is an interactive way for anyone to contribute to a nationwide phenology database, as well as, the sanctuary’s phenology records.
- 3:00-4:15: Explore the fields, forests and wetlands of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to compare the phenology with that of the other two nature centers Despite being further south, Schlitz Audubon has a more northern climate and vegetation, due to classic microclimates and lake-effect. You will experience being a citizen science volunteer by using our recording cards for reporting our discoveries.
- 4:45-6:00: We will end the day with Executive Direct Ken Leinbach on an informative walk through the new Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum that is now part of their outdoor classroom.
Registration is full.