Spring Phenology

Here’s a very basic sampling of the kinds of natural events you can observe as you visit the Lakeshore Nature Preserve in the spring. Please use these suggestions as a starting place for investigations of your own. Once you’ve started experiencing the world through the eyes of a phenologist, you’ll be amazed at the things you suddenly see that you’ve somehow never noticed before!

The plumber who turns on the irrigation for Eagle Heights Gardens knows when it is warm enough by using phenology: “when the bloodroot and dutchmans breeches are in bloom it is time to turn on the water soon therafter…!”

Thawing ice on Lake Mendota