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A Season for Inquiry: Investigating Phenology in Local Campus Trees

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Science  24 Feb 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6071, pp. 932-933
DOI: 10.1126/science.1213528

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Michigan State University rightfully claims one of the most beautiful campuses in the Midwest. Each spring, we anticipate a commencement gilded with tulips and crabapple blossoms. In autumn, the campus beams with golden oaks and fiery maples. As a potential subject for inquiry learning, phenology, the study of recurrent natural events, is appealing for many reasons.