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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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Texas A and M AgriLife Research Station – Sonora is using Nature's Notebook to record data on Sideoats Grama (BOCU) and Ashe Juniper (JUAS) being monitored on research ranch in unburned plots in Sonora, TX for general research and educational purposes.
The Morton Arboretum is looking at comparison of phenological timing and climate sensitivity of different taxa from specific genera (e.g. Quercus, Acer) or regions (e.g. Midwest). We use Nature's Notebook as an engagement tool for volunteers and education/outreach. They will be monitoring a number of species in the Nature's Notebook database, but will also have many species which are not included and will also be curating a local database for these additional species. Our observers will begin by monitoring accessioned individuals in flagship collections (Oaks, Maples, Tilias, Magnolias) then expand to include naturally-occurring forest herbs, shrubs ad trees in woodlands in Lisle, IL (Chicago region).
The Orchard School in Indianapolis, IN is using Nature's Notebook to engage students with phenology as part of our outdoor education program.
This group (there will be a second formal group) is to connect backyard observers and provide data from Western PA. We have an active pollinator gardening community who are already invested in pollinator issues and can easily begin providing data through the Nectar Connector campaign to begin compiling data from our area while the formal group at Penguin Court is under construction.
Tohono Chul is using Nature's Notebook as a member of the Tucson Phenology Trail.
The school phenology trail will cover 9 of the 19 plants of the Tohono Chul Public Phenology Trail that have interesting phenophases during the school year, as well as 9 animals usually present during the school year that use the 9 plants. The school phenology tour is being paired with an existing Tohono Chul school tour called Clever Plants that focuses on plant adaptation to desert conditions. The addition of phenology content will extend the focus to climate change.
We are piloting the School Phenology Tour with the students in the Center for Academically Talented Student Program of Flowing Wells School District who will make phenology observations at Tohono Chul Park this spring. In Year 2, we would like to recruit other schools and refine the school phenology tour.
Tohono Chul is a private non-profit 501©3 and our mission is to to enrich people’s lives by connecting them with the wonders of nature,art and culture in the Sonoran Desert region and inspiring wise stewardship of the natural world.
Tohono Chul Public Phenology Tours will introduce park visitors to citizen science and phenology.
Tracking Plant Phenology at The Evergreen State College is using Nature's Notebook in their general biology and general botany classes for students to collect individual data on plant phenology. Students will also have the opportunity to learn science communication and
data analysis skills by analyzing class data and preparing a report describing the results of their observations.
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.
Undergraduate students in an introductory biology course at Trinity University are using Nature's Notebook to begin using early-season phenological studies to help students learn to make close observations of plants on a regular basis. This is a skill-development exercise that is designed to have students in the field as early as possible spring semester, and in Texas can be as early as January and February, and prepare them for experimental/manipulative studies on pollination syndromes and monarch butterflies.
Tucson Mission Garden is using Nature's Notebook as part of the Tucson Phenology Trail to understand the impact of climate change on the phenophases of plants and how that might impact migratory animals that either pass through or wind up in the Tucson area..
The UA SEEC Program aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEAM) and social science among low-income and under-represented minority K-12 students in Title I schools within the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). The SEEC program, part of the University of Arizona’s (UA) Community and School Garden Program (CSGP), gives TUSD students and teachers the resources and opportunity to connect with community scholars performing cutting-edge, ongoing environmental research through citizen science programs, community grants, guest lectures, training programs, and more. In order to have a successful program, it is pertinent to be able to connect students with the people and citizen science programs that can have tangible outcomes, concrete examples of place-based environmental knowledge, and sustainability. The SEEC Program will connect its students and teachers to the USA National Phenology Network (USANPN) and Nature's Notebook (NN) as a way for them to formally participate in citizen science projects, establish scientific questions, methods, and means of data collection, and analyze their results. The USA-NPN and NN will help the SEEC Program establish low-maintenance educational tools, long-term connections within a school system, accessible data, and local connections with their surrounding environment, which can result in increased interest, understanding, and commitment to the environment, STEAM, and social science fields for years to come. TUSD students, staff, and SEEC Program staff and interns are observing with Nature's Notebook.
UIdaho has a phenology lab exercise in their course and want students to observe trees tand use USA-NPN data to estimate bud break, enter observations through Nature Notebook and compare predicted with observed. Teaches factors controlling annual growth phases and develops observational skills. They will observe quaking aspen (Populus tremuloidies) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menzeisii) at several locations on campus.
University of La Verne - Biology Department Mountain and Desert Biology Course where students develop their own research questions and collect data throughout 5 weeks of the course. The goal is for them to collect data that would be useful to their community and use Nature's Notebook.
UNC Asheville has established two phenology gardens on their campus (sun and shade) as part of a NSF-funded project. They plan to use students (both research and classroom) to monitor phenophases in these gardens for many years to come. They plan to eventually install a phenology trail for use with other groups (K-12, community groups, etc.). They are collaborating with two other regional universities, Appalachian State University and Warren Wilson College, who are also installing similar gardens and trails. Nature's Notebook will allow multiple trained people to enter phenology data on their sites.