Prior to the conference, I attended a half-day workshop on phenology given by members of the California Phenology Project (CPP).
The CPP is a huge study tracking plants over the entire state of California. One of the project leaders, Prof Susan Mazer and her student Brian Haggerty, explained the logistics of organising and keeping track of this massive project in the workshop.
Using the collections of cycads in the RBG Sydney, I plan to start a cycad phenology project. Together with volunteers, we will track the reproduction/coning times of our cycads. As we collect records over many years we’ll be able to detect if climate change results in a shift in reproduction time.
Above are a few pics of New Orleans — I love the intricate lattice work and the hanging plants.