Photo Phenology

Written by Lainet Garcia-Rivera
    Friday, 01 February 2013
Photo Phenology

Did you know that we are visually documenting the changing landscape in the Menomonee Valley? Over time, we will be able to see big changes occurring in this area including the planting and growth of the new 24-acre park in the Valley.

Phenology is the study of plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by changes in the environment. In our monthly Photo Phenology walks, we use photography to document those changes so that we can refer back to them and compare the changes year after year.

We notice lots of interesting things during these outings, like:

Small Birds Nests

Small birds nests

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Shelf fungus

Native Sunflowers

Native sunflowers

Recently we found a dead opossum in the Menomonee Valley that had frozen in its final resting place. It was a rare and sad reminder of how harsh the winter months can be for wildlife. Although it was too late for that opossum, there are other animals that will feed on carrion, so we decided to leave the opossum in place so it could provide food for a natural scavenger (like a vulture or a coyote).

To see photos of our outing on that day, check out this Journal-Sentinel photo story about our excursion.

Note: If you ever come across a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal, contact the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society. Their injured animal response number is (414) 431-6204.

Click here to find an upcoming Photo Phenology walk.

Lainet Garcia-Rivera

Lainet Garcia-Rivera


Lainet, Community Program Coordinator at the Menomonee Valley branch, has her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Zoology and Ecology from the University of Havana, Cuba.  She worked at the Ecology and Systematic Institute in Cuba for several years doing research in Bat Ecology and teaching courses and workshops related to Conservation Biology.  Lainet enjoys doing any kind of outdoor activity!



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