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      Tracking Spring Green-up as a Citizen Scientist with Steve Norman in Asheville


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      March 31, 2019

      Sunday  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      151 West .T. Weaver Boulevard
      Asheville, North Carolina 28804

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      Tracking Spring Green-up as a Citizen Scientist with Steve Norman

      The mass eruption of leaves and flowers each spring is one of the renewing wonders of our mountains, yet any naturalist’s appreciation of spring is in the details. Spring does not come at the same time for all species for reasons of habitat and plant history. What’s more, the timing of budburst can vary by up to three weeks from one year to the next. In this class, we will explore why there are differences in budburst and flowering among species in the Gardens and provide tools so that attendees can become citizen scientists that track spring each year, either formally or informally. This class will take place both in the Butler Room and in the Gardens. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors.

      Steve Norman is an ecologist (Ph.D., Penn State) with the US Forest Service Southern Research Station in Asheville. For more than a decade, he has been studying phenology, the science of seasonal cyclical change. He tracks the seasons from satellites in space and photography on the ground, to better understand drought impacts on forests, documenting the seasonality of eastern fire regimes, and addressing the tradeoffs and challenges of wildland fire management.

      Cost: Payment required - Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes. Call 828-252-5190. Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members. Class limited to 12 participants.

      Categories: Education | Outdoors & Recreation | Science

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