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Congratulations to Allen Hurlbert on receiving an NSF Macrosystems Biology grant titled “Causes, consequences, and cross-scale linkages of climate-driven phenological mismatch across three trophic levels.” This work will examine how climate change is impacting the seasonal timing of spring leaf-out, insect emergence, and migratory bird arrival and breeding. In addition to using the millions of observations of birds and butterflies contributed by “citizen scientists” from across the continent, Hurlbert is also expanding a new citizen science project called “Caterpillars Count!” which aims to monitor seasonal variation in abundance of caterpillars and other insects critical as a food source for birds.

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