Phenology Investigation Training Videos

What to Look For?

View example videos of a person narrating their process of collecting data for a variety of protocols along with the rest of our larger Video Data Collection Library.
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Introduction to the Phenology Investigation

This content is required for every project. It provides an overview of the key concepts, including the project’s purpose, phenology’s appearance and cues, and the importance of ecosystem interactions. (8 min)

1. Milkweed Phenophase Identification

This content is required for every project. It covers identifying Common Milkweed, recognizing some lookalikes, and identifying milkweed’s phenophases, or developmental stages. (5 min)

2. Site Description and Setup

This content is required for every project. It covers identifying good site characteristics, tools for locating a site, selecting target pants to observe, and demonstrates how to fill in different sections of the Site Data Form. (6 min)

3.1 Measurements: Leaves

This content is required for the Phenology & Herbivory and Herbivory Bioassay Projects. It covers counting the number of true vs damaged leaves and estimating a plant’s degree of senescence to gauge the current fitness of a plant. (5 min)

3.2 Measurements: Umbels

This content is required for the Phenology & Herbivory and Pollinator Projects. It covers determining which stage the umbels are currently in and estimating the percent of fresh flowers open. (3 min)

3.3 Measurements: Fruit

This content is required for the Phenology & Herbivory Project. It covers classifying the stage of and counting the number of fruit/seed pods as well as identifying the species of milkweed bugs residing on pods. (3 min)

3.4 Measurements: Plant Size

This content is required for the Herbivory Bioassay and optional for the Phenology & Herbivory Project. It covers identifying and counting leaf nodes, measuring stem height, and measuring largest leaf length and width. (4 min)

4. Herbivory Guide

This content is required for every project. It covers identifying the invertebrates that interact with milkweed and gauging the damage they do to understand the relationship between milkweed phenophase and invertebrate interaction. (6 min)

5. Floral Visitors Guide

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6. Seed Collection and Processing Guide

This content is required for the Seed Collection process. It covers how to choose which plants to collect from, when and how to collect seeds, and how to process them, and where to submit them to our seed library. (5 min)