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  • NEW STUDY SHOWS SPRING IS HAPPENING EARLIER IN THREE OF EVERY FOUR NATIONAL PARKS
    Thursday, October 6, 2016

    The USA-NPN is part of a new study published in Ecosphere that shows spring is advancing in 75% of 276 National Parks studied. This shift is "extreme" in half of the Parks. The study used the Spring Indices, an index of spring developed by the USA-NPN and its partners to compare the recent timing of spring onset (past 10-30 years) to a historical range of variability (1901-2012). Learn more about what this study means for National Parks. 

    Secretary Jewell announced the study on October 6th, 2016 at Shenandoah National Park.

    An Arizona-focused article appeared in UANews on October 6, 2016, discussing what the study might mean for Arizona Parks. 

    Visit the National Park Service landing page for more information, and read the Resource Brief put out by the National Park Service. Park-specific briefs will be forthcoming. 

    The study is also highlighted in these popular media outlets:

    National Geographic
    Science Daily
    Arizona Public Media

  • USA-NPN'S NATURE'S NOTEBOOK HIGHLIGHTED ON YALE CLIMATE CONNECTIONS
    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook program was recently highlighted by the Yale Center for Environmental Communication's Climate Connections podcast. Listen to the short segment, in which USA-NPN's Theresa Crimmins talks about how participants have been tracking changes in phenology.

  • Explore new phenology maps on the USA-NPN Visualization Tool
    Monday, May 9, 2016

    You can now explore the USA-NPN's maps of accumulated temperature and start of spring in the Phenology Visualization Tool. See how much heat has accumulated in particular regions of the US, find out how this year's spring stacks up to previous years, and see how Nature's Notebook data compare to the date of first leaf or first bloom as estimated using the Extended Spring Indices. Learn more about these new maps or see them on the Visualization Tool

  • USA-NPN'S NATURE'S NOTEBOOK FEATURED AS A USGS TOP STORY
    Friday, April 15, 2016

    The US Geological Survey is celebrating National Citizen Science Day by recognizing the opportunities for everyday citizens to participate in efforts across the country. The USGS's Top Story recognizes USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook plant and animal phenology program as a way to celebrate citizen science and get outside this spring. 

  • THE USA-NPN 2015 ANNUAL REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE
    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    Find out how we advanced science, informed decisions, and communicated and connected with the Network last year. In 2015, our observers submitted 1.7 records to the National Phenology Database, an 8% increase in records over 2014. We also saw growth in the number of active participants and Local Phenology Projects.  Read the report.

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