Educators, nature enthusiasts track the changes in local plants |

Educators, nature enthusiasts track the changes in local plants

Updated: September 26, 2021 11:00 PM
Created: September 26, 2021 10:53 PM

Have you ever wondered why trees in different areas change color at different rates?

Teachers at UMD alongside local nature enthusiasts are walking local paths to track the changes in certain plants depending on how close they are to Lake Superior and what that means for our climate.

"It's a really obvious thing that we see every year that tells us a little bit about the climate and what is happening," said assistant professor of Biology at UMD, Jessica Savage. "One of the observations that's being made a lot in my field is that the timing of when plants are changing throughout the year is changing as our climate changes. It's not staying steady - it's a good way to mark when we have an earlier warmer spring. This year, it's a good way to mark that we had a drought because it's influencing when the colors are changing this fall." 

If you have an interest in the topic you can also join your local Master Naturalists chapter.

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