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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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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.

2020 Nature's Notebook Campaigns

Pest Patrol

You can help improve the USA-NPN's Pheno Forecasts that predict activity of harmful pest species! Pest Patrol includes 13 species of pests that damage forest and agricultural trees. By signing up for the campaign, you will receive notifications that tell you when to look for life cycle stages such as active caterpillars and active adults in your area.

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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.

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Lilacs and Dogwoods

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.

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

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Green Wave: Maples, Oaks, and Poplars

We are seeking observations of flowering and leaf color in your maples, oaks, and poplars! These observations will help us learn more about pollen activity and the timing of fall color. Of course, you are are still welcome to report on breaking leaf buds, leaves, and other phenophases as well. 

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Pesky Plant Trackers

Your observations of non-native wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed can help managers to correctly time management activities aimed at controlling these species. This campaign is currently focused on Midwest and Northeast states, though it may expand to cover additional species and regions in the future.

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Pollen Trackers

Mountain cedar (Juniperus ashei) is one of the most important causes of seasonal allergies in Texas. Your observations of flowering and pollen release of mountain cedar in the winter and eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) in the spring will help researchers create a regional pollen alert system for "cedar fever."

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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! 

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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. 

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Though we are most interested in the species listed above, you are are welcome to collect and submit observations on any of the 1429 species of plants and animals for which protocols are available.

View the 2019 Campaign Message Archive

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