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Climate Wisconsin: Stories From a State of Change
http://climatewisconsin.org/story/phenology

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts

This video provides background information and teaching tips about the history and relevance of phenology and seasonal observations of plants and animals within the context of rural Wisconsin.

Video length: 2:39 min.

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Individual organisms survive within specific ranges of temperature, precipitation, humidity, and sunlight. Organisms exposed to climate conditions outside their normal range must adapt or migrate, or they will perish.
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Teaching Tips

  • This short video is an excellent introduction to phenology in general, as well as when taking a regional focus or when considering seasonal and longer term changes.
  • It is also an introduction to the value of taking careful observational data and of citizen science.
  • While focused on Wisconsin and a terrific example of regional perspectives on changing climate, many of the principles discussed in the video and text are universal.

About the Science

  • Ninty-three year old Nina Leopold Bradley, daughter to Aldo Leopold, narrates this short, introductory video on the importance and relevance of seasonal observations for phenology.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This is a resource with a potentially high impact. The beautiful and very professional short movies are apt to attain the attention even to younger students. My only major concern is that, compared to the few other resources I reviewed so far, the amount of facts (data as a table, graph, or map) presented within the resource itself is rather limited.

About the Pedagogy

  • Guiding questions and enrichment activities are included.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The video is excellent in quality all the way around.

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