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Learn to Speak Phenologist

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By Margaret A. Haapoja | Oct 8, 2008

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Phenomenal Phenology

Green wave is the somewhat predictable cycle of phenological events that moves from south to north (or lowlands to highlands) each season. The annual green wave begins with the start of the growing season, or “green up” and concludes with “green down,” the end of the growing season.

Budburst refers to the first green leaves to emerge, a certain sign of spring.

A biome is a distinct ecological community type, such as a wetland or grassland.

Vernal ponds are springtime pools that dry up by midsummer.

Birds are staging as they gather together prior to migration.

Microclimates are local variations in climate produced by differences in elevation, steepness and aspect of slopes and exposure to prevailing winds.

A hibernaculum is a shelter occupied during the winter by a dormant animal.

To fledge means to acquire the feathers necessary for flight.

Mast crops are nuts, such as acorns, accumulated on the forest floor and serving as food for a variety of animals.

An ephemeral plant grows, flowers and dies within a few days.

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