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Phenology Nature Journaling

Phenology Nature Journaling

What is phenology? Farmers and gardeners have been doing phenology for years and might not even know it. You too probably practice phenology without being aware of what you are doing. So what is it? Phenology is simply the study and observations of the natural world around you. When you notice the first tinge of orange on autumn leaves or the first buds and flowers of spring peeking up through the brown, that is phenology.

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Native Americans Around Great Bay

Native Americans Around Great Bay

Visiting the Great Bay Discovery Center in the fall is a special experience. The cool crisp breeze and colorful leaves make sights along the bay more stunning than usual. Not only are the sights at Great Bay welcoming, the grounds hold cultural and historical significance as well. The “msquamskek” or Squamscot Indian tribe were among the first Native Americans to inhabit the coastal shores of Great Bay.

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Moss or Lichen?

Moss or Lichen?

During your outdoor adventures you probably see many green things growing on trees and rocks (epiphytes)….fungus, algae, moss, lichen….it can be easy to confuse them, especially moss and lichen…..what is the difference? Simply put, lichens are not a plant, and mosses are…did you know that?

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