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Active Local Phenology Networks
Here you will find our list of Local Phenology Programs using Nature's Notebook. If a group listed has a blank entry or is missing information, they have not updated their information with our USA-NPN NCO staff in 2019.
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We are using the Nature's Notebook platform to not only facilitate our Pheno-Cam project, but to provide data to the larger scientific community. We are embarking on a long-term data collection and community engagement effort as part of the 4CAST Project (Coastal Climate Change + Community Art, Science and Tradition). Using Nature's Notebook we seek to engage community volunteers and students in a meaningful way to better understand our changing climate, while providing researchers access to volumes of data which would otherwise be restrictive or nearly impossible to collect themselves.
AAFC-CEF-Building 49AAFC-CEF-Building 49 is using Nature's Notebook to observe the trees around our workplace at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, ON, Canada in order to contribute to citizen science project and engage volunteers. Our group will consist of science researchers, sometimes including botanists, bioinformatics, and genomics researchers and will also have summer students and volunteers help out.
A long term monitoring program with Nature's Notebook will allow ACParks in Fort Wayne, Indiana to better understand our native plant, and animal populations. Of particular interest is the migratory animal (insect) populations seen in our parks. Recent changes in forested areas can be better managed if they monitor and record the effects of these changes. The data collected will be a tremendous resource for our school and adult groups lead in the parks. Also being monitored are the life cycles of the park's amphibian, butterfly and dragonfly populations.
Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, Maryland wants to connect to an accessible database and develop phenology-related educational materials in relation to climate change and engage citizens in science as it relates to climate change. We aim to have researchers and staff analyze six years of observational data to answer science or management questions by 2024.
Alcuin Montessori School Adolescent Program teaches a unit about "Balance" and became interested in using Nature's Notebook as a platform to integrate topics in ecology, plant biology, and climate change. Our monitoring project serves their academic goals and is a great experience for the students to contribute to a Citizen Science project. Students and their teachers will conduct observations in a local park in Oak Park, IL. The Oak Park park district has detailed information about species in this park and there are species in the park that are listed on the Green Wave Midwest campaign, such as Northern Red Oak, Red Maple, and Sugar Maple.
Alpha in Crooksville, Ohio is using Nature's Noteobook to enter data as a part of the Ohio Wild School Sites. Students here are very interested in inquiry based study where they can actually do hands-on projects which seems to work better than traditional classroom for our students.
We are using Nature's Notebook to get students involved in the data collection that leads to climate change studies.
Two phenology efforts are ongoing at the Arnold, including the Native and Indicator Observation Program and the Tree Spotters program.
2017 Impact Statement
Lizzie Wolkovich, Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, launched the Arnold Arboretum Tree Spotters program pilot in 2015. Her research explores how climate and community assembly may explain and forecast plant phenology, which is strongly linked to climate and can be easily observed. Lizzie is interested in engaging citizen scientists to collect phenology data to support her research.
From 3/25/15 – 3/26/17: Trained 238 volunteers to make/record observations in Nature’s Notebook (68,651 observations to date); offered 33 training classes (28 for new Tree Spotters and 5 refresher classes for returning volunteers), 22 opportunities for volunteers to meet with researchers on the grounds, and 6 educational sessions (also open to the public); held 3 social events. Staff: research assistants/graduate students/interns and a volunteer.
Forty-three volunteers have participated actively in the program (making multiple observations and/or collaborating on special projects). We have also engaged the general public via our educational sessions. We have an active social media presence (Facebook, Flickr, Twitter), a monthly eNewsletter, a website, and a volunteer database. As a result of the success of this pilot, the Arboretum is now looking for funding to ensure that the program will continue.
Appalachian State University Biology Department is using a group in Nature's Notebook called ASU Biology incorporating phenology into course labs and independent research projects as part of an NSF grant to promote authentic research in the botanical sciences. This protocol and network will allow for efficient data collection and management while participating in the larger network of the USA-NPN.
Atrisco Heritage is using Nature's Notebook to work with the RGPT's Schoolyard Phenology Program and involve students in hands-on citizen science work.
Audubon Starr Ranch is using Nature's Notebook to identify shifts we think we observe in reproductive and migratory life history of birds, butterflies and plants through use of activity curves and over the long term. We have already (since 2014) observed some phenophase shifts. We keep our volunteers, Starr Ranch staff, and Audubon CA staff updated on our findings.
Badlands National Park is using Nature's Notebook to establish a phenology monitoring program in Interior, SD to promote increased appreciation of plant diversity and learn about changes in phenology at the park.
Bagley Nature Area is a part of the Lake Superior Phenology Network supported by American Society of Plant Biologists, University of Minnesota - Duluth and the National Science Foundation in Duluth, MN. The goal of the project is to set up at least three phenology trails in Duluth that target similar plant species across a broad climatic gradient and develop resources to help citizen scientists understand their data in the context of larger databases. Nature’s Notebook provides the rigor and standardization needed to answer questions about how climate change might affect local plants, but also the accessibility for volunteers toadd, view, and explore data using resources such as the visualization tools developed by the National Phenology Network.
We are using Nature's Notebook to create a baseline picture of plant phenology at our field sites and use visualization tools to tell a story about ecosystem change and the importance of monitoring species.
The Barataria Phenology Trail at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve encourages citizen science engagement at the Barataria Preserve. The park seeks community participation in environmental stewardship via making and recording observations about plant and animal seasonal patterns of development and activity. With the park's "sibling" Bayou Lafouche NN trail, we partner with other Gulf Coast organizations via the "Gulf Coast Phenology Trail" to contribute observations relevant to this region.