A year in northern Minnesota

marcell_smallLast Tuesday, John Latimer kindly had me on his Phenology radio show at KAXE in Minnesota. He really enjoyed the time-lapse animation I did for a site in New Hampshire. So I thought I would put one together that our Minnesota fans could relate to.

This animation was made using images from the PhenoCam at the Marcell Experimental Forest just a bit north of Grand Rapids. I chose images from August 2014 to July 2015 and looped the sequence so it continues non-stop. I would have liked to use the fall 2015 images, but since fall is not over yet, there would have been a weird jump in the animation going from October 2015 back to October 2014. Summer is the best time to put in a jump because when everything is green the jump isn’t so noticeable.

Some fun things to look for in this time-lapse animation:

  • a late spring snow
  • footprints in the snow
  • a tree being cut down!

About Margaret Kosmala

I am an ecologist exploring the complex dynamics of plant and animal systems. I am especially interested in understanding how species communities change over time and how humans impact them.
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