Celebrating 10 Years of Nature’s Notebook
This month we celebrate the co-founders of the USA-NPN: Dr. Julio Betancourt of the US Geological Survey and Dist. Prof. Mark D. Schwartz of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Julio and Mark provided the vision for a national network to collect, store and share phenology data. Their work, combined with strong institutional support from the USGS and the University of Arizona and the collaboration of many partner organizations, has shaped the USA-NPN to what it is today.
How your data are being used
Observing nature is fun. But it also serves a greater purpose. Your observations of plants or animals inform scientific discovery and decision-making:
- Scientists use your data in groundbreaking research.
- Land managers use them to make better-informed decisions about natural resources in their care.
- Decision-makers use them to determine policy.