Wisconsin is a perfect place to take a drive and see the leaves change colors. However, as our climate changes, the timing and colors associated with leaves falling changes too. The study of this is called "phenology," and it can help scientists understand animal habitats and water flow- both of which affect people. From studying phenology, we can decide how best to manage resources now and in the future.
What does this mean for those of us who simply like to enjoy the fall colors? The next time you go for a fall hike or drive, consider becoming involved with the USA National Phenology Network. Through participating with this organization, people can record their observations about nature and help determine how climate change is affecting our environments.
The USA National Phenology Network was established by the USGS in collaboration with the National Science Foundation.
Click here to learn more about how climate change affects leaf fall, and what you can do to help.