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Local Phenology Leader Clinic & Rally - October 4-5, 2019
The USA-NPN's National Coordinating Office (NCO) is excited to host the first biennial Clinic designed specifically for Local Phenology Leaders (LPLs) working on long-term Local Phenology Programs (LPP) using Nature's Notebook! After gathering for the 10-year anniversary of the USA-NPN in October 2018, many Leaders said they would welcome the opportunity to get together again in person and share ideas.
Long-term Nature's Notebook phenology monitoring programs are designed to meet the needs of local researchers and land managers who have phenology-related questions to answer or educational outcomes to achieve. They also as create pathways for volunteer observers to participate in the Nature's Notebook Citizen Science program. Many LPLs have collaborated in their communitities with local organizations to develop a plan for continuous engagement with science and the natural world.
The Clinic is designed to bring LPLs together, regardless of how far along they are in the implementation of the Local Phenology Program. Clinic participants will gain skills for implementing Nature's Notebook Programs and be inspired by others doing the same work in the field. The Clinic will be relevant to any researcher, land manager, or educator who is interested in recruiting volunteers to become observers for Nature's Notebook at their chosen location.
The Clinic will be held at the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Moss Point, Mississippi, October 4-5, 2019. It is co-sponsored by the USA-NPN NCO, the NERR (whose staff have graciously offered to host us), the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, and the members of Gulf Coast Phenology Trail.
If you are someone who hosts a Local Phenology Program, this Clinic is for you! The schedule is designed to help you enhance your Nature's Notebook LPP. It will include highlights from existing programs on how they work with local audiences as well as hands-on and interactive sessions designed to create usable deliverables by the end of the second day. We will celebrate the work Leaders do in the field on behalf of our Network.
The Clinic schedule will include talks delivered by NCO staff, Gulf Coast Phenology Trail volunteers, a session on using Nature's Notebook data, program evaluation, and a group-think sessions with deliverables. We will take a field trip via boat to learn about the local ecosystem and visit both the NERR and NWR to learn about their phenology monitoring efforts.
Time and Cost
The Clinic will be 2 full days - 8:00 am on Friday, October 4th, until 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. Thursday and Sunday are travel days. The cost of the Clinic will be $100 per person. This fee includes workshop materials, and breakfast and lunch on both Friday and Saturday.
Dinner costs will be on our own both Friday and Saturday nights but we will go together as a group. We'll visit a local favorite restaurant on both Friday and Saturday evening. For those arriving early enough on Thursday, we will provide details about optionally meeting for dinner.
The Grand Bay National Esturaine Resarch Reserve is located in Moss Point, Mississippi. Transportation to and from the Clinic and facilities will be on participants' own.The closest airport is Mobile, AL (about a 45 minute drive). The Gulfport, MS airport is also an option (although slightly farther away - about an hour drive - although often cheaper). Pensacola, FL is about an hour and a half away, and New Orleans is about 2 hours. Once folks begin to register and make their travel plans, I will email everyone to determine where they are flying into and we can try to arrange carpooling or ride shares if most folks want to do that.
The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the USA-NPN will accomodate the first 8 female and the first 8 male participants choosing to stay in their dorm-style facility, for free for this Clinic. Accomodations are 4 bunk beds per room and shared bathroom. You will be provided an option to elect to say in the dorm when you register. There are several other local hotel options available, either in Moss Point or Pascagoula. Most are within the federal per diem rate for Moss Point, Mississippi, ranging from about $46 - $110 per night. There is also a state park nearby, Shepard State Park, that has camping options, around $18 per night for a tent site. It is about a 30 minute drive from the Reserve.
The Clinic can accomodate 40 participants. Registration is open and is first come-first served. Prior to attending we recommend that Leaders have developed a program plan for implementing their LPP, including conducting a needs-assessment. We also recommend having an action plan outlined before attending. You'll be asked to bring these with you in some form so that you can work on collaborative activities during the clinic sessions.
Registration will open on July 1st and remain open until September 6, 2019. We need at least 20 participants to register to attend in order to host the Clinic.
Local Phenology Leader Share Fair
There will be an opportunity during the duration of the Clinic to display a poster and bring materials that highlight your work. The schedule will include time for a gallery walk and share-fair.
June 9th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time - Deadline for submission of proposals.
June 14th - LPL notified of their presentation acceptance.
June 21st - Deadline for LPL presentation confirmation.
July 1st - Registration opens.
September 6th at 5pm Pacific - Registration closes.
October 4-5 - Clinic!