Yesterday was the first day of the year I could detect the sweet smell of sweet box (Sarcoccoca). Spring is on its way! What are the phenological markers you look for in January?
This year I want to compose a calendar of the key phenological markers for Vancouver. I thought it would be fun to make a culture/nature calendar with the collection of key seasonal events over the course of the year. I'll be going into the research I've done over the years and organize it by season.
In 2012 I recorded this marker on Feb 8. Does this mean an early spring?
Check out the snow on Jan 19 in 2009!
If you want to see the flies that are attracted to Sarcoccoca, check out this cool blog post at Cabinet of Curiosities.