Plant Phenology at Schlitz Audubon
The Center has been keeping records of plant phenology since 1974. Guests are invited to catalogue which species they find to be sprouting, leafing, and flowering. This keeps our naturalists and land management staff vitally aware of species, their distribution, concentration, and health. It also helps us gather data about how climate change is affecting the plant world. The best way to participate is by cataloging data on our flower recording cards, which can be found and returned at the display in front of the auditorium entrance. They can be used for any flowering plant to catalogue when it flowers.
We also invite volunteers to help us in removing invasive species by joining our Conservation Team.
Spring Flower Bloom Data
Help us catalogue the blooming flowers of spring! Bring your favorite ID book or plant identification app. If you do not want to use a smartphone with the app, we will provide hard copies to document the plants. Contact Cassie for more information about Nature’s Notebook and how you can participate in flower identification.
Join our Conservation Team
Work alongside our staff as a volunteer land steward to preserve and restore Schlitz Audubon’s 185-acre outdoor classroom. Volunteers land stewards are always observing changes to the land, and the data other volunteers collect continually informs our land management strategies. Learn more about volunteering.
Books Available in the Center’s Shop
Wildflowers of Wisconsin by Stan Tekiela
Trees of Wisconsin by Stan Tekiela
Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region by Merel Black and Emmet Judziewicz
Nature’s Notebook | gathers information on plant and animal phenology across the U.S. to be used for decision-making on local, national and global scales to ensure the continued vitality of our environment.
Leafsnap | a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution.