LEARN ABOUT “THE SCIENCE OF THE SEASONS” AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

LEARN ABOUT “THE SCIENCE OF THE SEASONS” AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Not to be confused with “phrenology,” the pseudo-science of analyzing a person by feeling the bumps on his head, “phenology” is the science of seasonal biological changes, in relation to climate.  Dan Stork tells how you can learn to become a “citizen scientist” in this specialty…

Explore phenology, “the science of the seasons,” at Joshua Tree National Park in a free, one-day workshop, on Saturday, February 1, at Joshua Tree National Park headquarters in Twentynine Palms, from 1 to 5:00 p.m. After this course, you can volunteer to help the park detect the impacts of climate change by observing the seasonal activities of the park’s desert plants, from bud-burst to flowering and fruiting. Dr. Susan Mazer, a professor of plant ecology, genetics, and evolution at University of California, Santa Barbara, will lead the workshop. Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, appropriate layered clothing for the predicted temperatures, a notebook and pen. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Josh Hoines at 760-367-5564, or at Josh_Hoines@nps.gov.

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