Why fly south? How climate change alters the phenology of plants and animals

This activity introduces students to plotting and analyzing phenology data. Students use 30 years of data that shows the date of the first lilac bloom and the number of days of ice cover of nearby Gull Lake.

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Liz Schultheis
Dustin Kincaid
Michigan State University; Kellogg Biological Station

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

If you have access to Microsoft Excel, you can use the plotting and statistical functionality in Excel to also teach statistics on this type of data. For example, you can tell Excel to fit a trendline to the data and quickly get the function and R2 of the line.