Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve

Volunteer Phenology Observers Document Nature

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Mohonk Preserve Foothills Phenology Project was recognized in the USA-National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) 2014 annual Report for its detailed records of some 200 species, “comprising one of the best available records documenting how plants and animals are responding to changing climate conditions,” according to the report, which may be viewed here.

As a part of Mohonk Preserve’s Citizen Naturalist Program, volunteer phenology observers document distinct stages in select trees, shrubs and flowers, such as bud burst, leaf emergence, flowering, fall color change and fruit production, at the Preserve’s Foothills Phenology Trail throughout the year. Among the dedicated participants are volunteers from Ulster-Greene ARC, which in 2014 successfully logged nearly 400 hours of weekly observations. Read more...