Backyard Phenology: Tracking Nature’s Cycles in a Changing Climate
Backyard Phenology: Tracking Nature’s Cycles in a Changing Climate demonstrates how art, science, and place-based observations can come together to catalyze awareness of and action on climate change.
Artist Christine Baeumler will team up with scientists Rebecca Montgomery (forest ecologist and head of MN Phenology Network), Nicholas Jordan (agricultural ecologist), Kate Flick (Natural Resource Science student) and Beth Mercer Taylor (sustainability educator).
Backyard Phenology’s Climate Chaser Mobile Lab will make its debut at Northern Spark to record people’s observations and perceptions about our changing climate as well as a place to share their theories of change. Phenology “Passports” will be issued and will contain the schedule of monthly phenology workshops in the Twin Cities. Participants can get their passports stamped when they attend an event.
Over the next year, the project will host a series of seasonal workshops, which will feature experts in topics such as bird language such as animal track recognition. Participants will record observations of phenology data in the lab on the Nature’s Notebook online and will be invited to share their images and audio recordings for inclusion in a multi media artwork, which will be presented at Northern Spark in 2017.
Artist: Christine Baeumler
Rebecca A. Montgomery, Nick Jordan, Kate Flick, Beth Mercer-Taylor
Fabrication of mobile phenology unit:
Troy Gallas and Patrick McKennan, ThreeSeven
Graphic Design: Holly Robins, This is Folly
Additional phenology team members:
Mae Davenport, Francis Bettelyoun, Chris Buyarsk
This project has been funded in part by the University of Minnesota Faculty Imagine Fund and The Institute for Advanced Studies Research and Creative Collaborative.