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balthazar881 in avianthropes

Phenology

Hello again:> Some of you may have heard of Phenology, the science of gathering and comparing physiological data on various species and cultivars of plants. For example:

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/citizen_science/budburst

There are, however, projects and ideas regarding phenological data on birds (arrival dates, nesting information, Breeding bird census, etc.)

http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/phenology.html#bird

Several options to peruse here. I'd post more, but I'm in a hurry.

EDIT: The links actually work now:> And, you don't have to be an Expert Birder to contribute to this. Just some familiarity with your local wild avifauna is all you need.

In my location, we should by now have Turkey Vultures, Violet-green Swallows and Tree Swallows all over the place. Not happening. True, I haven't been out much, and I live in the city, but normally I'd have multiple sightings of these species by March 10. Likely, repeated storms coming out of the Gulf of Alaska have put the kibosh on much northward migration.

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