"Progress of the Seasons" Presentation at the Canaan Historical Society

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30

Please join us for a presentation on "The Progress of the Seasons" by Conrad Vispo and Anna Duhon on August 4th at 2:00 pm at the Canaan Historical Society (located in the old white church on 13 Warner Crossing Road, just east of the intersection of Warner Crossing Road with County Route 5 in Canaan NY 12029).

Conrad and Anna will be speaking about phenology, which is the study of the seasons, i.e., when do frogs call, flowers bloom, migrant birds arrive. In the mid decades of the 1800's, academies throughout New York State recorded weather and phenological data. Their goal was to get a better understanding of weather patterns and related natural phenomena, in part so that farmers throughout the State could better understand what today we call plant hardiness zones. Those records, which have been reviewed and digitized, give unique insights into past weather and ecology, which in conjunction with modern information (through a collaboration with the NY Phenology Project), can be used to assess climate change and its possible ecological repercussions.

The talk will take the audience back to seasons of long ago, while, at the same time ask how this information lets us better understand what is happening around us today.

Conrad Vispo and Anna Duhon are researchers with the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program.

The Canaan Historical Society is located at 13 Warner Crossing Road in Canaan (in the old white church). This is situated directly off County Route 5 South and is about 2 miles from the blinking light at the intersection of Routes 295 and 5. There is no admission charge. Light refreshments will be served after the talk. For more information or directions, please call 518/781-4228.