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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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  • Short-Term Prediction of Fall Foliage Coloration from VIIRS Data created by Xiaoyang Zhang (STAR, SDSU) and Bob Yu (STAR/SMCD/EMB)
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Xiaoyang Zhang (formerly at STAR and currently at South Dakota State University) and Bob Yu (STAR/SMCD/EMB) have developed a new method to monitor and predict short-term fall foliage coloration using the VIIRS daily vegetation index. Developed with the support of the JPSS Proving Ground and Risk Reduction Program, the new system currently monitors foliage development across the United States every 3 days and further makes prediction to 10 days ahead.

  • Is this the end of autumn as we know it?
    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Story on the BBC entitled "Is this the end of autumn as we know it?" features phenology data from the USA National Phenology Network.

  • Join us for Phenology Week 2014
    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Join the USA-NPN and Partners along the Tucson Phenology Trail to learn about local PHENOLOGY while having fun exploring phenology walks around town. Meet local phenology leaders, learn about our citizen science program, Nature’s Notebook, and see how to get involved. View the schedule of activities. Or, host your own Phenology Week activities in your area!

  • USA-NPN contributes to U.S. Entry in Open Government Awards contest
    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    US Government Submission to the Open Government Awards

  • SciStarter posts blog on getting involved with Nature's Notebook
    Monday, June 23, 2014

    SciStarter has written a blog post on how individuals can getting involved with Nature's Notebook. The post helps explain the concept of phenology and why Citizen Scientests are needed to observe phenological changes around the country.