Thursday, September 19, 2013; 6 p.m.
Location: Eagle Hill Institute, 59 Eagle Hill Road , Steuben, Maine
Contact: Jason Wimbiscus; 207-546-2821
Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a PhD candidate in ecology at Boston University, will explain how a pattern of earlier springs has been documented and how the annual flowering times of plants have been occurring sooner across the globe. Some plants have been observed blooming much earlier with warming spring temperatures, while others show no significant change. The timing of flowering – the technical term is ‘phenology’ – has the potential to impact plant-pollinator interactions, reproductive success, and competition. Such factors are important to conservation and management efforts.