Phenology Webinar Series

This webinar series is partnered with the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) for managers and other managers of public lands. In this series, we will cover different applications phenology such as bird migration, growing season timing and invasive species and offer practical information about tools and resources to help managers make better informed decisions using phenology information.

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Webinar Descriptions

An Introduction to Indigenous and Western Approaches for Understanding Shifting Seasons

  • Details: As a holistic science, phenology provides a way to not only explore connections between climate and phenomena but also presents an opportunity to explore the connections among worldviews. Presenters will introduce the four part mini-series by illustrating indigenous and western approaches to the study of the seasons, including principles and tools for collaboration, monitoring and management.

  • Presenters: Samantha Chisholm Hatfield and Alyssa Rosemartin

  • Recorded: February 18, 2020

  • Duration: 48 Minutes

Climate Adaptation and Shifting Seasons

  • Details: Climate change is a threat to natural resources such as mooz (moose), ogaa (walleye) and manoomin (wild rice) that are vital to the culture, history, well-being, and life-ways of the Ojibwe people. The 1854 Treaty Authority worked collaboratively with the Bois Forte, Grand Portage, and Fond du Lac Bands to develop a “Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan: 1854 Ceded Territory Including the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, and Grand Portage Reservations”, which was completed in 2016. In this presentation we will share stories from the development of the climate change program including monitoring phenology in the 1854 Ceded Territory.

  • Presenters: Hilarie Sorensen

  • Recorded: April 2, 2020

  • Duration: 47 Minutes

Engaging Volunteers and Visitors in Tracking Environmental Change Using Phenology

  • Details: Learn from Erin Posthums, the Outreach Coordinator for USFWS, on how to engage your vistors at your National Wildlife Refuge or National Park about plant phenology. Flower power!

  • Presenters: Erin Posthumus (USFWS)

  • Recorded: May 21, 2020

  • Duration: 54 Minutes

On the Move: Animal Migration

  • Details: The seasonal movements of animals from one area to another are closely timed with peaks in available food resources and other habitat requirements. While phenology of animals, their habitats, and food sources are generally advancing with climate change, they are not always advancing at the same rate. We present perspectives from the Tribal Alliance for Pollinators and USA National Phenology Network on how phenology information can be used in conservation of migrating butterflies and birds.

  • Presenters: Jane Breckinridge and Erin Posthumus

  • Recorded: March 10, 2020

  • Duration: 57 Minutes

Western and Indigenous Approaches to Invasive Species

  • Details: Careful observation and understanding of the timing of native and invasive species life cycle events can support management. Here we will present perspectives from Menominee Forest Management and the USA National Phenology Network on phenology-informed management of invasive species.

  • Presenters: Kathy Gerst

  • Recorded: April 21, 2020

  • Duration: 56 Minutes