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stephlloyd Research conducted at the UCSB Biology Greenhouse spans the plant-based studies of genetics, physiology, phenology, ecology, and evolution. The greenhouse manager gave us a super cool tour I took a couple of weeks ago. 8h

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scottmackenthun A little #phenology before bed. The year's first #junebeetle! Good fishing is coming! 1d

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kwiaht Native Clarkia amoena, known as Farewell to Spring, found while conducting weed surveys in the San Juan Islands National Monument (BLM) today. Early, like nearly all of our native plants this year, this species is also found on Mount Constitution (Moran State Park), where it generally blooms a bit later due to the elevation and montane conditions. #clarkia #clarkiaamoena #onagraceae #wildflowers #nativeplants #botany #phenology #smallisland #sanjuanislandsnationalmonument #sanjuanislands #salishsea #kwiaht 1d

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jimsalgephoto Still spring at the higher elevations in the mountains! Found spring beauty and trout lily along with tons of wake robins today ~2500ft of elevation! #phenology #wildflowers #signsofspring #igersnewengland #instanature #troutlily #springbeauty #flowers 2d

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k.seward We have more babies! Two Eastern Bluebirds have hatched, one more to go. The bluebirds moved in shortly after the chickadees fledged. #birds #birding #phenology #spring 3d

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birchfinch First northern bluebells of the year, out in Lester Park. Their blue just grabs the eye! #Duluth #minnesota #wildflower #phenology #spring 3d

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kwiaht Early cactus flowers! The Opuntia fragilis at Iceberg Point, and elsewhere in the archipelago, have bloomed in late June most of the years we've recorded them. This year they are blooming in late May. This tough little cactus species is quite widely distributed in North America, but still surprises and delights folks when they find it in the islands. #opuntia #opuntiafragilis #cactus #pricklypear #cactaceae #phenology #climatechange #yellow #biogeography #islandbiogeography #rainshadow #nativeplants #wildflowers #icebergpoint #sanjuanislandsnationalmonument #lopezisland #sanjuanislands #salishsea #kwiaht 3d

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k.seward A wider view of the chaste tree in the back garden. It is now 12-14' tall and 18' wide. The hummingbirds love the flowers. #blooms #flowers #spring #phenology #birds #birding #hummingbirds 5d

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k.seward Bluebirds are trying their luck again in their box. The evil Mockingbirds usually won't let them nest there. The Chickadees were successful in the box this spring. I'm seeing the Chickadee babies daily in the garden trees begging from the adults. #birds #birding #spring #phenology 5d

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alkirchoff Dat #peony doe. Seriously. I so enjoy this time of year and all of the lush flowers and foliage. We are on the back end of the #peonies, but I have enjoyed them this year! #flower #phenology #spring 5d

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orange_poppy Fresh picked Lily-of-the-valley, smelling absolutely gorgeous in full bloom, this means it's time to plant the tomatoes... #phenology #organicgardening 6d
  •   anneygirl136 I can smell it from here! 5d
  •   pardalote How absolutely divine! 5d
  •   oenggaut so dainty....ahhhhh the tomatoes, not as pretty but V tasty 5d
  •   kbasta is that what it means? they just started here too... (love these.) 4d

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k.seward Beautyberry bush is blooming! #spring #flowers #blooms #phenology 6d

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rbelieva Columbine hangout warblers waxing #phenology #migration 6d

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warnernature Our director timed his visit to May's Lake perfectly yesterday afternoon and was able to catch several species of dragonflies emerging, including this Spiny Baskettail! #dragonflies #odonata #phenology 6d

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andy_awood This six-lined racerunner, Cnemidophorus sexlineatus, provided me with a first sighting of the species this year, about 11:15 am on 12 May 2015. The relevance of this observation has to do with #phenology; the study of when things happen in the world around us. In southeast #NorthCarolina, this hot weather lizard is the last reptile to awaken from winter’s chilly grip.
While our region had already experienced several days with temperatures in the mid-80s, this lizard remained sequestered in its underground burrow until its insulating soil warmed to the low 70s; a subterranean temperature indicating warmer conditions above ground.
The appearance of this racerunner marks a turning point on my phenological calendar; where spring effectively, if not technically, transitions into pre-summer. Just days following Tropical Storm Ana, which brought gusty winds and heavy rain to our region, this lizard emerged from its cold season slumber, fully awake and ready to race into summer.
An insect and spider hunter, this #sixlinedracerunner was seen foraging small ants on sandy soil beneath #longleafpine trees. In the few moments I was able to observe it, the lizard lapped-up at least a dozen ants; each less than three millimeters long and certainly not much of a meal for the fleet-footed lizard.
As its name implies, the racerunner is a fast reptile, able to outrun most predators, including snakes, but only when its body is warm. In cool weather conditions, the otherwise high-strung racerunner is sluggish and vulnerable.
Just as racerunners are late to rise in spring, they are also early to retire in autumn; in our region they burrow into sandy soils for their winter slumber, sometime in late September or early October, depending on seasonal weather. Documenting the timing of when certain lizards become active can help “bookend” #summerlike #weather conditions; much like tracking when trees open their spring leaves, and shed them in autumn.
While summer solstice may officially be a month away, this racerunner is evidence that summer weather has arrived in the #coastalplain of North Carolina.
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pskhun #novataxa #Botany • 2014: Notes on #Singapore native #Zingiberales I: #Zingiber singapurense, A #NewSpecies of Zingiber and notes on the identities of two further Zingiber #taxa ◆ novataxa.blogspot.com

ABSTRACT: A new species of Zingiber #singapurense Škorničk., is described and illustrated here. It is compared to other species from the Zingiber gracile (Zingiber sect. Zingiber) alliance. A key to this group of species in #PeninsularMalaysia and Singapore and a key to all Singapore native and naturalised Zingiber species are provided. The national and international conservation status of the new species and a conservation strategy for it are discussed. Notes on the varietal identity of Zingiber puberulum and the presence of Z. ottensii, previously misidentified as Z. zerumbet, in Singapore are given. || #biodiversity #conservation, #IUCN, #Zingibergracile, Z. griffithii, puberulum, Z. singapurense, #Zingiberzerumbet

#Ecology #phenology. #endemic to Singapore. || #Etymology. The specific epithet of this small and vulnerable yet resilient species is derived from Singapore’s name in Malay, ‘#Singapura’. || #CriticallyEndangered #spike #labellum #staminodes #purple #violet #pink #red #anthesis

J. Leong-Škorničková, A. Thame and P.T. Chew. 2014. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore. 66(2): 153–167. #GardensBulletin #SingaporeBotanicGarden
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organichia Kristen Ryan a landscape architect graduate student from Cornell University helped designed a Phenology trail for Gateway National Recreation Area.
Here are just a few plants that you should expect to see on the trail at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge : Hibiscus moscheutos, Symphio novae angles, Asclepius Denothera, Eup. Hyssop and more!
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k.seward The Chaste trees are in full bloom! #flowers #blooms #spring #phenology #hummingbirds 1w
  •   mntami Beautiful! I'd never heard of them... 1w

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