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Nature's Notebook Webinar Archive

2015 Nature’s Notebook Webinars


Nature's Notebook Programs at your site: Trust me, it's that easy! (Recorded April 9, 2015)

Are you a science, natural resources, or education leader at a park, Wildlife Refuge, nature center or other similar location? Maybe you are interested in using long-term phenology research and Nature's Notebook as part of your science or outreach programming but don't know how to get started? Join us for an interactive class on how to begin - from establishing goals for using phenology to creating a Nature's Notebook account for visitors at your site to enter data to using the data once you've collected it. Our Education Coordinator, LoriAnne Barnett, will walk you through how to do all of these things in a class designed for folks who are intimidated and overwhelmed by all that Nature's Notebook can do. 

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Nature's Notebook Observation Deck Refresher and Sneak Peek (Recorded March 17, 2015)

You may have forgotten some of the details of how to navigate your Nature’s Notebook Observation Deck over the winter break – never fear! In this webinar, we’ll re-orient you to all that you need to know, as well as demonstrate some of the new features that will roll out this spring.

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 USA-NPN and the Emerging Climate Risk Lab of Cornell University Present, "Springcasting!" (Recorded March 3, 2015)

Using historical observations of the timing of leaf-out and bloom in cloned lilacs and honeysuckle and daily observations from nearby weather stations, scientists have been able to determine the weather conditions that precede spring leaf-out in these plants, as a composite for the “start of spring.”

New for 2015, researchers are using daily weather data to estimate this start of spring, or “springcast,” in near real-time at every location in the United States. This year, we’ll be sharing these springcasts with lilac observers, inviting them to help us determine whether these predictions are correct at their location.

Dr. Toby Ault, researcher at Cornell University and lead on the springcasting effort, will shed some light on what goes into a springcast, and explain their utility. Dr. Ault will describe how this work extends to many other species and has direct utility to many economic sectors.

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2014 Nature’s Notebook Webinars


 Nature’s Notebook: How tracking phenology can benefit your everyday life (Recorded February 11, 2014)

People have used phenology for thousands of years to guide their actions, from knowing when to hunt, plant, and harvest, to deciding when to watch for pests. These seasonal events can be equally useful to us in our everday lives. Learn how phenology, the study of life cycle events in plants and animals, can benefit you in many ways - from helping you learn about the natural world to honing your observation skills.

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PopClock: How do I get started? What good are my observations? (Recorded March 4, 2014)

Got a poplar in your yard? Consider tracking its phenology as a part of the PopClock project! Your observations will help scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies to better understand how forest trees are responding to rapidly changing climatic conditions. University of Maryland scientists will lead this webinar, and present early results on the project. They will also cover the specifics of identifying the two target species of poplar for the project, and how to recognize the phenological events in these trees.

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How a phenology program can help you meet science and outreach objectives Special for Local Phenology Leaders (recorded March 11th, 2014)

Learn the steps to create a phenology program at your site, from creating a science question, choosing plants and animals to monitor, to data entry and download.

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Botany 101: Plant parts and tricky phenophases (recorded April 8, 2014)

How do I know when a leaf bud has broken? Do I count the number of seeds or seed heads? When is a fruit ripe? We will provide answers to these common questions and more.

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A summary of spring: What have we learned from our campaigns so far? (recorded June 10, 2014)

Get the download on what we have learned from our Green Wave, PopClock, Cloned Plants, and Common Lilac Campaigns at the halfway point this year.  We will show you trends, anomalies, and the cool things our observers see this spring.

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 What came first, the flower or the bee? Learn to explore patterns in space and time with our Visualization Tool (recorded July 8, 2014)

Our Visualization Tool allows you to see where people are observing, map species, animate their phenology, and overlay climate data, as well as graph and share your findings. Learn how to use it and then take the next step with downloading custom datasets.

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Partner showcase: Learn how other groups are using Nature's Notebook  Special for Local Phenology Leaders (recorded September 2nd, 2014)

Get insight, tools and tricks from other groups who are using phenology programs to meet science, outreach, and education goals. 

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 Linking Nature's Notebook ground-based observations to satellite images (recorded September 9, 2014)

Satellite images provide critical information on the environmental health of our planet. For example, we can use them to study changes in plant phenology and distribution. Citizen scientists, like you, provide essential on-the-ground observations, which are compared to data from these high-flying instruments. Dr. Andrew Elmore—a scientist at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and a PopClock researcher— explained the importance of satellite images to address diverse environmental science questions. He also showed how observations from PopClock citizen scientists are linked satellite images and used to create phenology maps for two important poplar trees. 

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 Gaining 100% confidence in intensity estimates (recorded September 23, 2014)

Get some tips on estimating the  intensity of plant phenophases, from number of flowers to percent colored leaves. Plus, we also cover how to identity tricky fall phenophases.

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 Year-end summary: Your Nature’s Notebook 2014 results (recorded November 18, 2014)

Learn what your 2014 observations reveal, and the ways scientists are using your observations. We cover results from the 2014 Campaigns, as well as a range of other results from observers across the country. 

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California Phenology Project: Status, Results, & Next Steps (recorded November 20, 2014)

The purpose of this webinar is to bring all California Phenology Project (CPP) participants and affiliates (and any other interested parties) up to date on CPP monitoring activities and results across the state. Furthermore, we would like to discuss how to better organize efforts across the expanded network in sharing approaches, techniques, tools and results.