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Climate Change & Phenological Events in Plants and Animals

Teaching Module

A set of resources to understand the link between periodic life-cycle events in plants and animals (such as flowering, leaf-out, and migration), and climate change.

Students will work on a range of activities–learn about phenology, investigate phenological events, and analyze the link between climate and phenological data (of monarchs, milkweed, and dandelions).

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is phenology?
  2. Name some phenological events in plants and animals.
  3. What are the climate-related factors that affect periodic life-cycle events in plants and animals?
About Tool
Tool NameSigns of the Seasons: A New England Phenology Program
DisciplineBiological Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplinePhenology, Phenological Events, Plant and Animal Life Cycle Events
Climate TopicClimate and the Biosphere
Type of toolTeaching Module
Grade LevelHigh School
LocationNorth America, USA
Translation     –
Developed byThe University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Hosted atThe University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Computer SkillsIntermediate

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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