Monthly Archives: November 2015

Season Spotter’s unregistered volunteers

The masterful Brooke Simmons (of Galaxy Zoo fame) kindly shared a script of hers that takes the classifications from a project and groups them based on strings of classifications that appear to have been done by the same person. When … Continue reading

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Friday favorites: Fog at the Northern Frontier

At the Parc National des Monts-Valin in Québec, fog rolls though the forest one warm summer day. The area receives regular fog and precipitation as warm air masses move up the mountain and then cool, causing the water vapor in … Continue reading

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Thank you

As we celebrate a significant milestone in Season Spotter, I find myself reflecting on how we got here. It has now been four and a half years since Andrew Richardson and I began thinking about how to more broadly engage … Continue reading

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A year in a corn field

At this time of year in the United States, we think about food and harvests. Much of the land in the United States is devoted to growing food, so understanding the phenology of crops is important for modeling vegetation at … Continue reading

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Friday favorites: Puerto Rico green

If you are missing the green lushness of summer, you can feast your eyes on this view from the PhenoCam at El Verde Field Station in Puerto Rico. This tropical forest has trees with green leaves year round. Some trees … Continue reading

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100,000 classifications!

We have reached 100,000 classifications on Season Spotter! Thank you all! With this milestone, I have had a quick look at how all those classifications got made. About 75% of the classifications have been made in the Questions part of … Continue reading

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Human perception and autumn colors

This year seems to be the brightest and most spectacular display of autumn colors in a long time. But are we right in thinking so? We often perceive the world differently from it’s physical (absolute) reality. This is easily illustrated … Continue reading

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Friday favorites: Autumn in the Alleghenies

This vista is in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. Dolly Sods is at high elevation and so has a lot of plant life that is adapted to cold and blustery places further north.

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Schoolyard Ecology

You may have noticed that some of the Season Spotter images overlook parking lots. We are interested in the trees beyond the parking lots, of course. But how did these locations get chosen? Well, these cameras are all on schools. … Continue reading

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Birds, Cones, and Climate

Some birds have very unpredictable winter ranges. One of these, the pine siskin, primarily eats seeds, and in many winters can be found throughout the boreal forests of Canada and the northern United States, where it eats the seeds of … Continue reading

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