- Early 2010 was marked by the coldest January in a century, including 10 straight nights of temperatures near or below freezing.
- The Summer of 2010 was the warmest on record for West Central Florida, with 151 days of temperatures that reached or exceeded 90 degrees.
- December 2010 was the coldest December on record, with not one but TWO early freezes.
- Summer 2011 was among the 10 warmest ever in West Central Florida.
- The mercury hasn't let up in this winter of 2011-2012, with no end in sight to the exceptionally mild temps we've had so far.
|Winter surprise: Blanket flower (Gaillardia) still going strong|
What winter surprises do you have in your garden?
|Passion vine in full bloom in January!!|
|Never thought I'd see wild cotton|
in bloom this time of year
Ditto for the birds, amphibians, insects and mammals that I see. I make note of the biological phase (singing, nesting, feeding, etc.) and then submit my observations online to the Nature's Notebook database, using simple electronic observation sheets. It's fun, easy and makes me feel like I am making a small but important contribution to scientific understanding of our natural world and how it is responding to our changing climate.
The workshop is Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Hillsborough County Extension Service. It is being taught by a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, one of the lead agencies in the Nature's Notebook partnership.
For more information and to register, visit www.tbep.org
Hope to see some of my gardening pen pals there!
|Warm welcome: A monarch just after emerging from its chrysalis this January|