Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Immature Northern Saw-Whet Owl, a winter rarity, taken in Polk County. Photo: Leland M. Searles 2017

New Title:

THE IOWA PHENOLOGY CALENDAR


Beginning with the 2018 issue, the Raccoon River Watershed Phenology Calendar will be renamed THE IOWA PHENOLOGY CALENDAR. This change reflects two important trends: increasingly the audience for the calendar lies in other watersheds, and my travels and photographic reach extend across the state.

The
information in the calendar applies to most of the state, along with adjacent south central Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, western and northwestern Illinois, and far northern Missouri.

ASK ABOUT CALENDARS BY VISITING THE Contact Leeward PAGE AND SENDING A MESSAGE
.

Consider calendars as:

* Holiday and birthday gifts.

* Prizes and gifts to employees or another special group

of people, perhaps students or environmental and

science teachers.

* Your personal guide to the outdoors, at home and at

work.

*"Swag" for conferences, employee parties, and other events.


In addition, if you are interested in using the calendar as a fundraiser
for your business or organization, send a message through the Contact Leeward page.

Customer comments about the 2016 calendar:

"Beautiful job. Labor of love." - Des Moines

"I enjoy the information on the calendar and make my own notes." - Des Moines

"I very much appreciate and support your efforts." - Dallas County

"It is a wonderful calendar and also makes a great gift." - Ames

"They are beautiful, as always." - Madison County

"Those calendars are precious. Thank you for making those splendid works of combined art and education!" - Johnson County

"Yes! Two calendars. This family loves them." - SW Wisconsin

Past customer comments about the calendar:

"... a lovely and fascinating calendar." -

"Your calendar is a masterpiece." - Polk County, IA

"The calendar is delightful! I look forward to using one & sharing the rest with family & friends!" - Madison, WI

"Awesome job on the calendar. We love it!" - Guthrie County, IA

"The calendars are great! Love them - they will make great Christmas gifts!" - Sac County, Iowa

"Nice job, Leland! We were pleased to contribute in our small way." - Polk County, IA

It's time! You can order

The 2018 Iowa Phenology Calendar

with a few simple steps.

New for 2018:

a new name: The Iowa Phenology Calendar

wider coverage of the state and its watersheds

larger format

all-new photography

updated natural and nature-related events

To place an order, click here to go to the Contact Leeward page. Follow the instructions about information to include in your message.

Below you'll find more on phenology, and there are some photo selections from the 2018 calendar.

 phenology


Phenology is the study of cycles and patterns in

ecosystems. In the broadest sense, it is the transfer

of the sun's energy through natural rhythms and

life cycles. Usually the focus is on life forms and the

seasonal changes they experience, but these account for

broader cycles, such as the exchange of water between air

and surface.


Many cycles already are familiar, making you and

most other humans students of phenology, even if

you didn't know that. We are aware of daily or

diurnal changes, seasons, bird migration, the

flowering and seeding of plants, and other rhythms.


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