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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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Pascagoula River Audubon Center is using Nature's Notebook as baseline phenology monitoring of local species as a part of the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail.
Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland is using Nature's Notebook.
Penguin Court Phenology, begun in 2021, is the umbrella group hosting both the Penguin Court Phenology Group and the Western PA Backyard Phenology Group. Penguin Court is a reserve of Brandywine Conservancy. For information, please email email@example.com.
Penguin Court Phenology Group takes formal observations at Penguin Court in Laughlintown, PA. The grounds were once home to the Richard M. Scaife family and include formal plantings, a conservatory, ongoing plant propagation, education, and conservation projects.
Pepperwood is an ecological institute dedicated to educating, engaging, and inspiring our community through habitat preservation, science-based conservation, leading-edge research, and interdisciplinary educational programs. As part of the California Phenology Project, citizen scientists at Pepperwood are collecting important phenological information that will be used to inform regional land management practices and conservation strategies under a changing climate.
2017 Impact Statement
Plant phenology is one of the most sensitive indicators of shifts in climate patterns. The importance of climate change has been highlighted by California's recent 4-year drought from 2012–2015. Climate models suggest that Northern California will become increasingly arid with an increased probability of extreme events such as drought and flooding (Flint and Flint 2012). Since 2013, citizen scientists at Pepperwood Preserve have been tracking the effects of climate on California native plant life cycles through the National Phenology Network and the California Phenology Project. Our volunteers monitor 11 species of woody shrubs and trees twice a week throughout the year. As of January 2017, we have collected over 65,000 plant phenology observations. This project provides an incredible opportunity for citizen scientist to build critical research skills, enhance their botanical knowledge and connection to plant life cycles, and gives them professional development experience analyzing data and sharing their findings at scientific conferences. Data collected by this project informs important research about how plant species are responding to climate and how these shifts may impact the local ecology.
Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge in Steuben, 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.
Nature's Notebook will allow PHENOMET Bajada to curate the data and offer greater flexibility with collecting data through the use of mobile devices. The project is sponsered by USDA ARS.
Powdermill Nature Reserve (PNR) is the environmental research center of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, including more than 2,200 acres of Appalachian forest located in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. PNR was founded in 1956 with a mission of education, research, and conservation. This Nature's Notebook program empowers visitors to participate in ongoing research and make connections with environmental issues relevant to our region. Monitoring phenology through Nature's Notebook complements existing educational programs through inspiration and curiosity while contributing to the National Phenology Network. This local phenology program was started in 2022 by Abby Yancy, funded through the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Post-Baccalaureate Students program.
PPZ Education in Brooklyn, NY established a group with Nature's Notebook so visitors to the zoo, including school and scout groups, as well as general visitors, can learn about citizen science, collect and submit data at the zoo, and hopefully contribute to other projects after their visit. They would also like teens to participate in this, as part of their volunteer experience. The Zoo's mission is to save wildlife and wild lands, and see citizen science as a wonderful way to spread this mission.
Prairie Ridge Tree Trail is using Nature's Notebook to monitor the trees in their forest patch to see if the trees are healthy (i.e. they have similar phenology to other trees of the same species in the region) while engaging the public in citizen science opportunities at the site. It is a research station, but also open to the public and acts as a nature center, an environmental education center, and a wildlife refuge. It is managed to promote as many species of native plants and animals as possible and has 15 acres of constructed native tallgrass prairie as the centerpiece of the 45 acre
Presidio Phenology Project is utilizing Nature's Notebook as the key platform to help the Presidio in establishing a citizen science-based community, which consists of teachers, students, park volunteers, and educators in San Francisco, CA at the Golden Gate recreational area.
We are using Nature's Notebook to understand the phenological overlap between Lucy's Warbler breeding season and mesquite leafing and flowering.
The North Carolina Arboretum engages school groups and visitors in making phenology observations using Nature's Notebook, through its Project EXPLORE program.
2017 Impact Statement
Teachers have expressed a need for on-site field trips, eliminating travel time and costs, that address curriculum standards and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. As an organization we would like to reach audiences not typically served by field trips by engaging with Title One schools and offer place-based educational programs. We offered a Project EXPLORE mini grant to teachers in western North Carolina through The NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC. We modeled for teachers and students how to collect data for Nature's Notebook in phenology plots we set up in their schoolyards and met with both students and teachers three times throughout the school year to focus on Nature's Notebook. The teachers and students collected data weekly from September to April and presented their findings at our mountain science expo. Since beginning the Project EXPLROE program in 2013, we have had 35 teachers in 28 schools and 2000 students throughout western North Carolina participate in Nature’s Notebook. Students have submitted 33,863 observations. Based on pre and post surveys we have successfully provided a way for teachers to be able to meet their curriculum while taking students outside and connected students with local nature, while they’ve contributed to the scientific community through Nature’s Notebook, and ultimately gained interests in science and science careers.
Radford University Phenology Monitoring in Radford, VA is using Nature's Notebook to initiate long-term phenology monitoring projects - beginning with "Field Biology & Phenology" advanced undergraduate course at Radford University. This will provide students experience in monitoring local plant and animal species (identification, structure, function, ecology, field techniques) and applied, hands-on approach to investigating seasonal changes, site and climate relationships, and associated ecological and environmental issues. Student groups would initiate monitoring projects and collect data throughout the semester; projects will be continued with small student groups during the summer, and by students in Ecology and Forest & Wetland Ecology courses in the fall and beyond.
Railyard Park Conservancy in Santa Fe, New Mexico is using Nature's Notebook to participate in community, to engage the public, to utilize the already established volunteer core, to contribute to data collected by the Rio Grande Phenonolgy Network, to serve educational programming in the Railyard Park, and to contribute towards our conservation efforts.
Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary is using Nature's Notebook to begin to build a community science program at RDAC, to better understand the natural space here to benefit the community of Santa Fe, to expand Nature's Notebook's reach in Santa Fe, and contribute to data collection and community engagement along the Rio Grande Phenology Trail.
Recharge the Rain is a program under Arizona Project Wet that formed in partnership with a NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant in 2017. Recharge the Rain seeks to monitor rain garden installations at six different K-12 school sites throughout Tucson as a way to collect data on the impacts of rainwater harvesting systems on heat, moisture, phenology, and pollinators. This information will contribute to a continuing effort to support STEM education within TUSD schools and provide continuing education opportunities to the teachers who will take on this observation protocol in their classrooms.
Red Butte Garden Phenology Project in Salt Lake City, Utah is using Nature's Notebook to offer a citizen science component to K-6th Grade field trips, with plans to expand the program further. We are also looking to use the data for so many educational opportunities.