As spring transitions into summer across much of the country, we are gearing up to release a suite of new features to our Visualization Tool that will make it even easier for you to explore the data within the National Phenology Database. We anticipate that these features will allow users to explore many interesting questions, such as: How synchronous are birds and leaf-out? How does peak intensity vary across years? and, How does the shape of phenophase activity vary across species?
In addition, you will be able to better leverage our
Accumulated Growing Degree Day maps
to determine how rapidly your site is accumulating heat relative to the long-term average, and to know when a location has crossed a known threshold for phenological transitions in your species of interest. Stay tuned for these exciting developments!
I hope to see many of you at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland this summer. In addition to the many phenology-focused sessions throughout the week, there will be a phenology brown bag lunch on Tuesday August 8th. This will be a great opportunity to interact with fellow phenology researchers and learn about the latest scientific advances in the field!