2012 Maine Invasive Species Network Meeting
On Thursday, April 26, Christine had the pleasure of attending this year’s Maine Invasive Species Network (MISN) meeting at the Viles Arboretum in Augusta. Here are some of her highlights:
The essence of his talk was that with climate change there will be species that win and lose, and the best predictor of who the winners will be is how good a species is at "tracking" or changing the timing of it's events to match changing climate. Surprise, surprise! Invasives tend to be better at this. If you go in the woods in early spring (might be too late now unless you're up north) you might notice that the plants that are leafing out tend to be:
It will be interesting to follow these species and look at changes in their phenology (the timing of events like leaf out and bud burst) over time using Vital Signs species observations. If you’re interested in doing more with your Vital Signs data, you might also enjoy sharing phenology data regularly with Signs of the Seasons.
Enjoy the warm weather!