Sunday, February 7, 2010

Northwoods Phenologists Conference

Posted by Kirk

I ran into Larry Weber at the Minnesota Ornithologial Union paper session this fall and he told me about a wonderful new project he is involved with. Larry is a phenologist who was a school teacher for years and ran his classes based on phenology. He's now involved in planning the 1st Annual Conference of the Northwoods Phenologists of MN & WI

If you are interested in phenology be sure to check it out.

Date: February 26-28, 2010

Location: Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Finland, MN

Cost: $120 includes five meals and occupancy in rooms of six

For more information contact:
Peter Harris or Betsey Mead (Wolf Ridge)

John Latimer (Grand Rapids)

Larry Weber (Duluth)

Topics include:

  • Head of the Lakes Climate Changes

  • Weather Recording

  • General Phenology Record Keeping

  • Phenology as Seen in Birds

  • Phenology as Seen in Dragonflies

  • How to Use Phenology in Teaching

  • Photography as a Means of Recording Phenology

Round table discussions will look at:

  • Forming Phenology Organizations and Networks

  • Phenology Research and Nomenclature

Outside walks will examine:

  • Phenology of Late Winter

  • Lichens and Winter Plants

  • Using a Weather Station to Forecast and Record Climate Changes

Night hikes and telescopes are also available.

Wolf Ridge will also allow participants to take part in other classes and activities happening during this weekend. These include: birds, outdoor survival, sled dog demonstration, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.