|Early Redbuds- Click to enlarge|
"Phenological records help alert us about the events of nature and provide interesting comparisons between years and among different geographic regions. If recorded carefully and consistently, these records also have scientific value for understanding the interactions between organisms and their environment and for assessing the impacts of climate change."This is certainly the banner year for the phenologist. With the record warm temperatures most every species is ahead of schedule. We have been finding ticks crawling on us occasionally all winter, but now they are out in force. Butterflies are out in profusion, ignoring the calendar. Spicebush has been coloring the woods for several weeks now. Even the tadpoles seem to be ahead of schedule.
Suddenly the wildflowers were popping out overnight and you could almost hear the trees' buds bursting out. But not all regional climate is the same so budding varies from place to place. There is a micro-climate along out deep Bull Creek valley where the trees are behind Springfield a few days. While Redbuds were fully budded out in town last week, they were in their early stages in the valley.
|False Rue Anemone|