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Thursday: USGS talk on nature-observation project

 

The U.S. Geological Survey is hosting a talk in Menlo Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, on the emerging science of phenology, in which teams of scientists and citizens measure seasonal change through observation of phenomena such as when a particular bird or butterfly returns from its winter habitat.

Jake Weltzin, the executive director of the USA National Phenology Network, will give the free presentation to the public on the second floor of Building 3 in conference room A at 345 Middlefield Road.

This national science project is important as a way of tracking climate change, USGS scientists say. Mr. Weltzin's presentation will include information on how students, citizen observers and natural resource managers can participate, over the Web, in their localities.

Indigenous peoples knew the behavior of their animals and plants, according to an article in Wikipedia. Learning to do it could awaken such sensitivity in participants.

Go to online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar for more information.

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