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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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The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) in Albuquerque, NM is currently performing citizen science monitoring of the bosque, which is Rio Grande riparian ecosystem, with local schools around Albuquerque and New Mexico. Using Nature's Notebook will add a phenology-related piece to our educational programming happening with about 40 different education groups (classes, scouts, etc) each year. Our partnership aims to help students feel a connection to their landscape through careful monitoring and observing of the changing seasons in the bosque. Some of the speciees being monitored include: cottonwood - P. deltoides (native), Siberian elm - U. pumila (exotic), tamarisk - Tamarix sp. (exotic).
BEMP - Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park is monitoring phenology as a part of a larger student-centered ecological monitoring program. They have specific science questions as well as objectives to connect k-12 students to research on ecosystem response and function.
Ben Franklin School is using Nature's Notebook in Cleveland, OH as a part of the Ohio State University Phenology group.
Big Branch Marsh NWR is using Nature's Notebook in efforts to answer broad questions addressed by the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail as well as establish baseline phenological data at our site.
Blue Hill Heritage Trust in Blue Hill 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. We 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. We are aiming to engage volunteers and participants on how they can become involved and easily contribute to science by using Nature's Notebook.
At Blue Ridge Parkway National Park we have started using volunteers to rove high use trails where impacts to natural resources are occuring due to the high volume of park visitors. Having the volunteer rovers collect phenology data and enter it into Nature's Notebook would give them a way to interact and engage with park visitors.
Subgroup of the Tucson Phenology Trail, we engage K-5 graders in our Environmental Learning Lab, both in school and after school programming.
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center 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.
Brandeis University is a campus-based project that provides opportunities for undergraduate students (approximately 30 per year) and members of our campus community to engage in citizen science by using Nature's Notebook.
We train teachers to do phenological field work with their students as a citizen science initiative and for the purpose of teaching and learning the skills that are practiced in long-term field investigations in life science. We envision that teachers will do a combination of secondary research, looking at collected data, and active field work to collect more data. In the professional development sessions we've modeled with the question based on early leaf-out of oaks in Colorado that lead to a chain of events, "Why did the oak leaves come out early?"
University of Marylandin College Park, MD will be collecting and analyzing phenology data as part of their Ecology class. Students will have the experience of field data collection and analysis, and the data that the students collect and analyze to be useful and shared with others. They will be placing temperature sensors in each tree to collect spring temperature data, as well as collecting phenology data with Nature's Notebook.
Ball State University Field Station and Environmental Education Center is using Nature's Notebook in Muncie, Indiana for community & class involvement and, monitoring trends.
We are using Nature's Notebook to offer Oro Valley residents a safe outdoor activity in existing parks and hiking trails that will introduce them to citizen science activities that can be used to monitor the local environment.