Phenology Friday


While our in-person community programs may currently be closed, we’ve been busy hatching new ideas to explore the world around us together and are excited to announce our new series, Phenology Friday!


Each week, one of IslandWood’s educators will be sharing a phenological highlight. Watch the video of their explorations and then share your own observations with us using #PhenologyFriday!


Appropriate for: all ages!


[Image description: a large white fungi on the forest floor.]


This week, Community Education Manager Mary Meier leads an exploration of some of the seasonal changes she’s been noticing in her neighborhood park.



This week, Senior Vice President for Education John Haskin leads an exploration of some of the seasonal changes he’s been noticing in his backyard.



This week, Urban School Programs Coordinator Celina Steiger investigates some of the seasonal changes and variations she’s been noticing in the rhododendrons throughout her Seattle neighborhood. (Including a very satisfying rhododendron bud dissection and identification!)



This week, Graduate Recruitment Manager Kathie Bradford shares tips for observing current seasonal bird behavior – including courtship, nest-building, feeding young, and more. Wherever you live, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to observe plenty of bird activity just by looking outside your window!



Pro tip: It’s a good idea to search for bugs on a sunny day, when you’ll find more out and about. If it’s rainy, (gently) check under rocks, logs, and other objects.


It’s the perfect time of year to flex your amateur entomologist skills and explore the world of ladybugs, bees, millipedes, and more!


In this week’s edition of #PhenologyFriday, join Brightwater Programs Manager Derek Jones (and his two favorite assistants 😁) for an exploration of the bugs in his neighborhood.



Did you know that, alongside providing bird feeders, it’s important to promote wildlife habitats so that birds can get all the food they need?


In this special Mother’s Day edition of #PhenologyFriday, join Christina Doherty as she walks through the menagerie of birdhouses she and her family have built in their backyard. Along the way, you’ll learn how long it typically takes eggs to incubate, what birds like to use to line their nests, and how birds get food when they’re busy incubating their nestlings.



Chances are, you’ve seen lots of dandelions popping up recently. But how much do you really know about them? If you’re anything like Urban Programs Lead Educator Max Honch, the answer might be “not much!”


Join Max as he investigates this familiar (yet often overlooked) species by asking questions, making observations, drawing on prior experiences, and doing research.


Bonus: watch Max make dandelion lemonade, get some foraging etiquette tips, and explore a learning method that we use in many of our programs.


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  • LP says:

    I think skunk cabbage attracts flies because it gives of a smell like garbage and flies like that kind of smell.

  • John Haskin says:

    If you would like to add trillium plants to your own garden, you can find them available at nurseries or reputable online sellers. Please do not pick or attempt to transplant wild trillium.

  • Andrea Hildebrandt says:

    Hey All!
    This is great! Our kids are 8 and 10. We’re doing Phenology Friday today!!! Looking forward to this every Friday. Thank you!!
    Eva (10)
    Andrea (45)

  • Morgan Lindberg says:

    Hi Everyone!

    I’ve been posting your Phenology Friday videos every week on my schoology siet for my fourth graders! They post pictures and observations from their neighborhood following each video! Thank you for helping us get the kids outside even during the stay at home order! Its so good to see your faces again! Its been a long time since I’ve been back to visit! <3 Morgan (class of 2015)

    • admin says:

      Hi Morgan! It’s so wonderful to hear from you, and it absolutely makes my day to hear that you’ve been using these videos with your students! I’ll be sure to pass your message along to the rest of our team!

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