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The USA-NPN, phenology, and our partners are often in the news. Follow some recent stories below.

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  • Researchers develop new method to evaluate citizen science data
    Monday, November 16, 2015

    Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have described a new workflow to identify inconsistencies in data collected by volunteers. The method, published in PLoS ONE, will increase the usability of these data. 

  • New study predicting permanent early spring uses USA-NPN's Spring Indices
    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    Researchers at UW Madison are predicting that early springs could become permanent in the face of climate change. The study uses the Extended Spring Indices, which were created based on historic cloned lilac data housed in the National Phenology Database. Implications of early springs include mismatch between animals and the plants on which they depend, as well as "false springs" that may cause extensive damange to plant growth inlcuding agricultural crops. 

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    The US Government released today the Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit to assist Federal agencies to design, carry out and manage these projects. This Toolkit, along with John Holdren's Memo to Executive Departments and Agencieshighlight USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook plant and animal phenology observation program as an example of the great benefit of citizen science. 

  • Federal Citizen Science Toolkit highlighting Nature's Notebook featured on USGS's Top Story
    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    The USGS's Science Features Top Story gives a compilation of resources and links related to the release of the Federal Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science Toolkit, the memo on the Toolkit from Jon Holdren, press covereage, and more. Top Story also focuses on the USGS use cases, including the USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook plant and animal observaiton program.

  • USA-NPN highlighted in PBS's KQED blog
    Monday, August 3, 2015

    USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook was recently featured in a blog post from San Francisco's KQED, a member station of PBS. Also highlighted was the California Phenology Project and its recent Ecosphere paper which analyzes data from four of the species studied during the Project.