Wild Ones   A Phenological Calendar  
By Babette Kis – Milwaukee-North (WI) Chapter

You say you're not ready to plunge in and write a full-blown journal? Then at least get your feet wet by hanging up a clipboard diary. The example above shows the bloom dates of a few plants. You can chronicle many more species – including birds and insects. By noting the first day of an event, your senses will be heightened to that species' presence and disappearance. This will be helpful when making note of when to collect seed. Saved through the years, you'll have a more accurate reference than memory alone to the effects of weather patterns.

Hey, anybody can lay claim to spotting the first robin of the season. How many people notice the last robin come fall?

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