Nature’s Notebook

Connecting People with Nature to Benefit Our Changing Planet

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Join us in one of our campaigns this year—the species highlighted in these efforts are of special interest to scientists and managers. Be sure to sign up to receive the campaign-specific messages!

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Dennis Rosemartin

Join a Campaign

By participating in one of our regional campaigns you can help researchers answer key questions, get info-rich emails with localized results, and an end of season summary. Use the map to determine which campaigns are appropriate for your location, and then learn the details on the campaign pages linked from the table below.

If you opt to participate in one of the campaigns, be sure to sign up to receive the campaign-specific messages in your email in-box! These messages, arriving approximately every four to six weeks, will provide project updates and early results, helpful tips, and campaign-specific opportunities. Don't miss out! Look for the sign-up in the right sidebar of the campaign pages.

2017 Nature's Notebook Campaigns

Cloned and Common Lilacs

Your observations of lilac life cycle events can enhance the decades of lilac phenology records that have been collected across the U.S. Plant and observe a cloned lilac or report observations of a common lilac already established in your yard.

Cloned and Native Flowering Dogwoods

Observations of cloned and native flowering dogwood are valued for the data gap they fill, especially in the southeastern U.S.

Green Wave: Maples, Oaks, and Poplars

Help scientists and natural resources managers track the “green wave” - the flush of green that accompanies leaf-out - over the course of the spring season, and the spread of seasonal color across the country in the autumn. Click on your region below to see which species are of most interest for your location.

Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains North, Great Plains South, Northwest, Southwest, Alaska

Shady Invaders

Invasive shrubs are becoming increasingly common in eastern forests, and are top competitors for native shrubs. Help researchers at Penn State track leafing of invasive and native shrubs in the eastern US!

Shady Invaders Campaign, Photo: Eric Burkhart
Southwest Season Trackers

Phenology records in southwestern ecosystems are not as common as they are in other parts of the country. Southwest Season Trackers was created to assess and improve performance of models that predict timing of seasonal activity in common shrub and grass species

Southwest Season Trackers Campaign, Photo: Michelle Mattocks
Mayfly Watch

Mayflies are an important food source for a variety of animals and a good indicator of water quality. Help the US Fish & Wildlife Service track the emergence of mayflies along the Upper Mississippi River and its tributaries this summer! 

Photo: Hexagenia bilineata, Alan Stankevitz
Nectar Connectors

Monarchs, one of our most iconic butterflies, rely on a wide variety of nectar sources spread over a large part of the United States. Changes to these food sources, through habitat loss, pesticide use, and/or climate change, can be costly to monarch populations, as well as to the many other pollinators that rely on these same species for their dietary needs. Help us better understand the phenology of important nectar sources for monarchs and other pollinators.

Brian F Powell
Flowers for Bats

If you live in Southeastern Arizona, you can help the US Fish & Wildlife Service document flowering of agave and saguaro cactus during the spring and summer flowering periods, an effort called Flowers for Bats. This information will be used by the FWS to conserve and promote habitat for lesser long-nosed bats. 

Brian F Powell

Though we are most interested in the species listed above, you are are welcome to collect and submit observations on any of the 1216 species of plants and animals for which protocols are available.

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