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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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  • 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.

  • USA-NPN's Spring Indices Featured on new Whenology website
    Friday, July 10, 2015

    The USA-NPN's Gridded Spring Indices, developed in partnership with Cornell University using long-term lilac data from the National Phenology Databse, are highlighted in the new website Whenology. The website uses dynamic visualizations to show how the timing of plant and animal phenology is changing.

  • USA-NPN Highlighted in US Global Change Research Program Annual Report
    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    The USA-NPN's Start of Spring Indicator was recently highlighted in the USGCRP annual report, Our Changing Planet. The report also highlights the very early spring of 2012 and citizen science's constibutions to the field of global change research. 

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    The USA-NPN is proud to be a part of the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, just released by the interagency task force charged with this effort. The Strategy outlines needs and actions to better understand pollinator losses and improve pollinator health, and highlights citizen science, the USA-NPN's phenology monitoring protocols, and our collaboration with the US Fish & Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System.