Keep your eyes open for what?
For all of the nature that is beginning to emerge, sprout and bloom because spring is near.
Phenology is the study of timing of natural events. I'm always encouraging you to go outside and observe nature, now I'm also asking you to jot down notes of your observations (if you don't already).
Science and nature watching organizations depend on great nature-loving watchers like you to keep their data bases up-to-date. Plus, your observations help scientists determine if there may be some changes in plant and animal winter and spring transitions changes due to climate change. Remember, nothing we know about the natural world in science comes to our knowledge without lots of information to support the idea (hypothesis). So open your eyes and report your results.
The Museum of Science (Boston, Massachusetts) celebrates a second year of Firefly Watching. April 11 is Firefly Day.
Join the Firefly Watch Brigade. Observe fireflies in your hometown and report your observations to the Museum of Science database.
The National Phenology Network is an online community of scientists and citizen scientists. Join as we all catalogue our plant observations. Hat tip to Kim Hannula.Photo by Alecia Hoyt
And please leave me a comment and let me know what you're seeing (and when) in your backyard. Keep having Urban Science Adventures! ©
***Update: Later today, 4:30 pm. Look what I noticed blooming in my frontyard.***
Plus other signs of bloom.