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Phenology Monitoring

Participants at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont track phenology across several plots and contribute data to the National Phenology Network.

Phenology Monitoring

Phenology is the study of periodic life cycle events of plants and animals and how they are influenced by seasonal and climatic changes. We began data collection on our new phenology project during the Fall of 2010. Tremont has always recorded anecdotal phenological observations in Walker Valley, such as the timing of the first red dogwood berries in the Fall or the first blooming bloodroot in the Spring. This project, however, endeavors to take a closer look at the possible effects of climate change on the trees, wildflowers, and birds of Walker Valley. Students visit one of our 8 phenology plots to observe and record data on the phenophases of individually marked trees, to note blooming wildflowers within a subplot, and to watch and listen for the presence of 8 species of songbirds. This has quickly become a popular project with our participants and teachers.



Topic – phenology, seasons, climate change, trees, wildflowers, birds 

Audience - 5th grade and up  

Location - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN, USA

Goals - phenology, education, climate change, research, seasonal monitoring



National Park Service


Parent Project:

National Phenology Network - Nature's Notebook



Tiffany Beachy, Citizen Science Coordinator, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont  email Tiffany


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