Paying Attention to Plants
Staff members from a number of Long Island environmental groups attended a workshop at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton to learn how to establish and maintain a phenology monitoring site. The workshop was sponsored by the Long Island Nature Organization and led by Kerissa Battle of the New York State Phenology Project.
Phenology is the study of the timing of periodic plant and animal life cycle events in a specific geographic location, and how the timing is influenced by seasonal and yearly variations in climate. The New York Phenology Project is part of a national effort to establish phenology monitoring sites to document changes in flower and leaf emergence times, among other natural events. This effort has taken on special significance with changes being projected due to global warming.
The New York Phenology Project currently has 11 monitoring sites in New York. There are no phenology monitoring sites on Long Island. Long Island Nature Organization sponsored the day-long workshop with the goal of establishing several monitoring sites here by 2016.