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Active Local Phenology Programs
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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College of Menominee Nation Phenology Walk in Keshena, Wisconsin aims to engage students and community in observing the land.
Crosby Arboretum is using Nature's Notebook for outreach and engagement of young visitors
To start with, 9th grade environmental science students will be using Nature's Notebook. Potentially other departments at the school could use it as well. Integrating modern and historical phenology observations into a environmental science curriculum.
Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA uses Nature's Notebook to facilitate a phenology data collection activity with first year undergraduates in an Environmental Science course. This is so the students get experience collecting data while contributing to an authentic scientific project. Hopefully this will be continued in future years so that the students can monitor campus trees over time.
Downeast Lakes Land Trust in Grand Lake Streams, Maine, is using Nature's Notebook to expand the geographic range of their phenology and bird migration project, which may turn into other projects as their data and program develop further. They also seek to inform local partners about the importance of phenology data on their land and how they can help and contribute to their own conservation goals. Also they aim to engage volunteers and participants on how they can become involved and easily contribute to science by using Nature's Notebook.
The Duke Forest is 7,000+ acres of mostly forested land owned and managed by Duke University as a teaching and research laboratory. Established in 1931, its mission is to facilitate research that addresses fundamental and applied questions across a variety of disciplines and to aid in the instruction of all students in their pursuit of knowledge, especially regarding the stewardship of our natural resources. Management of the Forest is guided by a comprehensive plan that promotes the Forest’s academic mission while ensuring the protection of its natural resources. The Duke Forest also provides education and outreach through tours and volunteer events and serves as an outdoor recreation destination for the local community.
Duke Forest Phenology in Chapel Hill, NC is engaging the broader public community with the Duke Forest Teaching and Research Laboratory through science-based initiatives.They are workinf on a citizen science program for monitoring herpetofauna on the Duke Forest and are now creating a program for monitoring spring phenophases for three common Duke Forest trees. They plan to use the functionality and resources provided by Nature's Notebook to structure their program.
Earth Discovery Institute Phenology Project in San Diego, CA is using Nature's Notebook to improve representation of San Diego County's flora and fauna in the National Phenology Network database. They aim to increase citizen science field participation and encourage users to collect regionally significant habitat and climate data. Their organization, EDI, is a non-profit that engages students from park-poor communities, volunteers, and recreational users through science education and community outreach programs that are integrated with regional conservation and research efforts and encourage the use of modern technologies to accomplish these goals with the Ecology Meets Technology program.
Earthwise Aware (EwA) is a Nature conservation nonprofit in Massachusetts and the NPN addresses our standards for standardized scientific protocol rigor, global data, and open science. We focus on Biodiversity and how to protect it.
Concretely, we are dedicated/committed to bringing biodiversity knowledge, ecological ethics and environmental leadership at the core of communities and organizations / in the daily life of people.
One of our main outreach is through Co-creative Biodiversity & Climate citizen science programs to engage communities in helping, contributing to, collaborating in scientific endeavors.
Our citizen science principles are to:
- Advance Biodiversity & Climate research
- Give Science back to the people
Our Citizen Science pillars are:
- Species & ecosystems knowledge
- Ecological ethics
- Open and global science
- Democratization of science
We run several programs in Massachusetts. One of our programs happens at the Middlesex Fells Reservation (2800 acres of forested uplands and wetlands): ‘EwA at the Fells’. This is where we actively record via Nature’s notebook. We use other global platforms for other kinds of biodiversity recording. We collaborate with experts and scientists and study various habitats at different levels (species occurrence & abundance, phenology, plant community assessment, etc.). The intent is to build a continuous natural history of the place through habitat/species surveillance/monitoring and phenology recording, and aligning as well with standards as developed by GEO BON (global biodiversity observation network). Our program at the Fells program engages its participants in observing birds, amphibians, insects, fungi, plants, etc. We also pay attention to the relationships between species and reflect on the meaning and implications of these relationships in relation to the forest, the cities around and further away. This intimate system-focused exploration helps to build a deep understanding of the place through rapid habitat-changing conditions and over time for the benefits of the Fells, its scientists, and ultimately our communities.
There are several species that we are monitoring among which some rare or endangered species (and for which we record information for our local scientist connections).
With time and with a growing number of participants, we will increase the list of species we monitor.
There are about 10 sites within the NYPP network that are part of a regional alliance in the lower-mid Hudson Valley called EMMA (the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance). We'd like to be able able to filter the dataset to include just those sites in addition to being able to keep them able to be filtered by NYPP
Fayer BHSU in Spearfish, SD, as well as our online students, are using Nature's Notebook for students to become more familiar with the effects of climate change and more observant of nature. We wants our students to develop great understanding of phenology. As an instructor, I would also like for students and other instructors collecting information with their students to beable to work with each other and each other's data collected.
Flowers for Bats is a Nature's Notebook group participating with the Tucson Phenology Trail.
UMass Amherst's Foxcroft Farm is an ecology undergraduate class and is using Nature's Notebook to provide a citizen science approach to engaging in ecological research.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy in Hancock, Maine, is using Nature's Notebook to expand the geographic range of their phenology and bird migration project, which may turn into other projects as their data and program develop further. They also seek to inform local partners about the importance of phenology data on their land and how they can help and contribute to their own conservation goals. Also they aim to engage volunteers and participants on how they can become involved and easily contribute to science by using Nature's Notebook.
Gallia Bluebirds hope to gain more public outreach and awareness about bluebirds by using Nature's Notebook with staff, volunteers, school groups to observe bluebirds in Gallia County (maybe OOMPark District or Bird Sanctuary) Ohio.
GCC Phenology Walk at Glendale Community College is using Nature's Notebook to establish the honors research project and teach the honors students to observe. Students make their own projects based on their assigned weekly observations, and will present the findings either in class or to the whole community in the form of a poster fair. After the initial semester, the students to will establis a more permanent set of signs to mark the area and the studied plants. The project will also be presented at faculty professional development meetings with the idea that others may be interested in also observing at the location and incorporating it into their classes.
Georgetown University in Washington D.C. is hosting Georgetown Phenology Project using Nature's Notebook in a college course building on a previous professor's several year phenology project, and using the old data and species, continue to monitor the same trees. This will allow the students to continue the record and use past data to make predictions during each year.
Glacier National Park would like to formalize observations and input them into a larger database, using Nature's Notebook. With the USA-NPN's tools, they will create visualizations to be used for educational purposes. They aim to expand this program beyond the division of Interpretation to include other divisions within the park.
Grassroots Ecology has established a Nature's Notebook group in order to track the observations from California Naturalist class community scientists and other volunteers of the organization who are interested in contributing to phenology projects.