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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Tagging Trees and Tracking Trends

Close up of the trunk of a sugar maple tree - a dark rectangular tag is posted on the trunk reading "Sugar Maple - 2, Acer saccharum, Winged fruit matures late summer. There is also a logo and QR code on the tag.
Jessica Savage

This story was rebroadcast on Northland Morning August 17, 2022. The story originally aired on June 29, 2022.

Biologist Jessica Savage is keeping an eye on the trees.

For the past three years, Savage and a team of volunteer scientists have been tagging and tracking trees in the Duluth area to determine, not only the impact of climate change, but also the impact that Lake Superior might have on potential phenological changes.

Three locations of varying distance from the lake were chosen; the Lakewalk, Bagley Nature Center, and Boulder Lake. Data of interest to the team includes the timing of a tree's flowers, fruits, and leaf color change.

The program is driven largely by public involvement and interest. To learn more, visit the Superior Phenology website.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.