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Phenology Project and Earth Week at Moravian College Starts Saturday

Diane HusicBethlehem, Pa., April 15, 2011--Moravian College will participate in a Phenology project in conjunction with the Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology Project led by Diane Husic chair and professor, Biological Sciences Department at Moravian College.

Phenology is the observation of seasonal change, including the blooming of flowers, appearance of migratory birds, hatching of insects and the emergence of animals from hibernation. Earth Week takes place April 16-24, and the purpose of the project is to receive input from the public on its observations of how far spring has sprung.

"Not many people realize this, but each and every person has the ability to make a contribution to science," said Diane W. Husic, an Audubon TogetherGreen fellow, and the immediate past-president of the Council on Undergraduate Research. "We need people to tell us which plants are getting leaves or coming into bloom, which animals they are seeing and what they are doing, and when this is all happening. The more people that participate, the more 'signs of spring' data we can collect during this important week."

Moravian students will participate by observing things on campus and within Bethlehem. A large easel with newsprint will be placed in the Haupert Union Building. Students and employees will record their observations of the “signs of spring.” Students will also take digital pictures and use Facebook to share what they are observing.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology Project is a result of a partnership between the conservation districts of Lehigh and Northampton counties, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Moravian College, Wildlands Conservancy, state parks in eastern Pennsylvania, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and the Master Gardeners of Monroe, Carbon, Northampton and Lehigh counties. The project is an example of citizen science which uses public participants/volunteers to engage in research that helps the science community.

If there are any questions or for more information, please see the project website http://lgnc.org/research/phenology and blog: http://watchingtheseasons.blogspot.com/ or contact Diane Husic at dhusic@moravian.edu. Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.