On the Role of Phenology (following what happens when in nature)

Without solar, stellar, floral, faunal and meteorological pointers, there would be no seasons. In the same way, perception of place itself is dependent upon recognition and collection of the familiar objects of earth and sky. Time and space move in or out of focus, depending on the texture, odor, color, position, number and sequence of the natural markers that guide us in our neighborhood. These markers also link perception to story, creating an essential connection between internal and external worlds, between signs and consciousness, and between one consciousness and another. Like the seasons, which are measurable in the minutiae of the changes that take place from day to day, our spirits, our selves, are made visible and given form in our observations of and our interactions with where we are.

Bill Felker

Since 1984, Poor Will’s Almanack by Bill Felker has provided a guide to living in harmony with the Earth. Bill’s weekly and monthly almanack columns currently appear in more than a dozen regional and national publications. Learn more about Bill Felker and the history of Poor Will’s Almanack »

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You can hear Bill’s weekly radio segment on NPR station WYSO every Tuesday morning at 6:35 and 8:35. You can listen to podcasts and read the almanack essays following the link on this site.

Poor Will’s Almanack for 2016 is still available.


Visit new-theory.net to read Bill Felker’s latest essay, “Reflections on the Homely Laws of Phenology.”

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Explore Bill’s Phenology Journal for descriptions of the many seasons of the year.

His Almanack Essays offer reflections on how his observations of natural phenomena have formed his personal philosophy.

His Daybook offers a record of common events in nature in and around his home in Yellow Springs, Ohio.