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Have fun and help track the progress of spring across Southern and Western Minnesota. Report your first sighting of each of the following events to PEBC and watch the progress of spring and fall from the Iowa border to the Minnesota River:
Plants and animals use numerous triggers to tell them when it is time to pop out of the ground, migrate, or develop into a more mature form. Some of the triggers they use are day length, soil moisture, temperature and internal clocks since the last stage of development. The timing of natural events assures that species will have the resources they need for each stage of their lives. Students and observers from around the country have been looking at phenology for a number of years. The information they have been collecting is not only fun but contributes to scientific knowledge of climate change. You can do it, too, by participating in this PEBC contest or by joining in another online project.
JOIN OUR PROJECT!
Have fun and help us collect similar information for southwestern Minnesota plants and animals. Report your first encounters with the following events, help us build a knowledge base to explore the relationship between these events and global climate change, and maybe even win a prize!
MAKE A PLAN:
When, where, and how will you catch this event in action?
Where will you look or listen?
When do you think is a good time to look or listen?
Consider not just the season of the year and possible months, but also the time of day. For example, some animals make sounds at night, others only at dawn and dusk, some in the middle of the day. Some plants close up when it is cloudy or at night. Others remain open day and night. Some organisms are easier to observe when it is raining. Can you think of an example of that on the list below?
LOOK AND LISTEN. REPORT YOUR RESULTS: Please be sure to fill out each box in the report form.
ENTER THE CONTEST! EXPLAIN YOUR RESULTS: Check back on the website later in the season to compare your sightings with others. Use PEBC data and the links we provide to help you interpret what is happening in Southern and Western Minnesota. Write up your explanation and submit it. We will go through your results and post them, plus have a drawing for prizes. Your observations could make you a winner!