from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is versed in phenology.
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Mark Schwartz, a phenologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the chairman of the board for the USA National Phenology Network, agreed that the data was very valuable.
To the north, phenologist Larry Weber of Carlton said he'd seen some strong reds and yellows in trees in north central Minnesota this week, including in tamarack swamps, which usually go gold late in the season.
Sandra Bell, a phenologist at Kew Gardens who monitors wildlife and climate throughout the seasons, said gardeners need not worry about the late arrival of their flowers.
Minnesota phenologist Jim Gilbert, for example, has noted that lilacs near his home in Waconia now bloom about two weeks earlier than they did 40 years ago.
Rebecca Montgomery, a University of Minnesota forest ecology professor and keynote speaker at the Northwoods gathering, describes the amateur phenologist as "an incredibly rich resource" that is helping shape climate research.
Jim Latimer, who's been taking nature notes on his 100-mile daily mail route outside Grand Rapids since 1983 and hosts a weekly phenology radio show on KAXE-FM, said right now it's hard to tell what any phenologist means by something as apparently simple as lilac bloom.
My favorite local phenologist Jim Gilbert used to say that cicadas would only sing (sounds more like screaming to me!) when the air temperature reached about 80 degrees.