By Brad Trumbo
The Times 

Palouse Outdoors: The Phenological Calendar of Kokanee

 

Brad Trumbo

A rod locked into a gunnel holder bends under the weight of a downrigger ball as it trolls a squid bait.

Whether you realize it or not, most outdoor enthusiasts are phenological scientists. You may never have published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal or even considered proper phenology as practical in everyday life. Maybe you've never even heard of phenology. But if you appreciate the outdoors or even just vegetable gardening, chances are, you're a seasoned phenologist.

Simply put, phenology is a branch of science dealing with the correlation between climate and environmental cues, and periodic biological phenomena such as fish spawning, deer and elk rut, songbird migration, and upland bird...



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