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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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Reginald Chavez Elementary School is using Nature's Notebook to involve their students in hands-on learning about the ecosystems and habitats around them. This will help to get students outdoors and learn more than just reading out of the science textbook and to add different lessons and projects to science classes related to Nature's Notebook and the data we collect (art projects, photography, etc). They are a part of the Rio Grande Phenology Trail.
Reid Park Zoo uses Nature's Notebook to document the phenology of the plants and animals in their pollinator garden. Reid Park Zoo is partnered with Monarch SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) to help educate the public on how they can help conserve and protect monarch butterflies.
Rio Grande National Forest in Monte Vista, CO is developing a science program utilizing and engaging students and volunteers on the RGNF using Nature's Notebook. Data from the USA -NPN is used to assess climatic variability which is one of the "Monitoring Questions" used to measure management practices in their Forest Plan, their guiding management document. This effort is to engage the public in the collection of data that helps RGNF measure the impacts of their management practices.
Valle de Oro:
-Establishing information on richness and abundance of focal bird species before, during, and after restoration
-Studying timing of phenological events in native Rio Grande cottonwoods and invasive Siberian elms
-Use this data to help inform management decisions such as when to remove physical buildings on the refuge to have as little impact as possible on bird species; time flooding of fields and wetlands to limit elm seed germination and encourage cottonwood seed germination, etc
-Does species richness, abundance, timing of phenological events change in response to management activities and climate change?
-Is cottonwood phenology shifting in response to senescence, climate change, lower water tables, etc in the bosque?
-How does the phenology of species along the RGPT shift from: urban to rural, closer/further from the river, north to south, etc?
We are using Nature's Notebook to teach students to be able to identify changes in organisms around the areas that they live, independently.
RMC Campus Phenology is an undergraduate ecology course every spring with students recording phenological observations on campus. The hope is to do this for decades, so in addition to providing a learning experience for students, intending to create a long-term dataset. They will be looking at several tree species as well as a few common mammals, birds, and insects in Ashland, VA.
Friends of Rye Nature Center to walk the Phenology Trail on the property and record their observations of the marked trees on the trail using the phenophase datasheets from Nature's Notebook. The group is made up of volunteer citizen scientists who enjoy observing the trees on the Nature Center's property and contributing information for scientific use while also using the opportunity to socialize with the other group members. The plan is for the group to continue their regular walks and would like to ensure that the data they collect is recorded on a regular basis.
Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona has joined Nature's Notebook to contribute to the Flowers For Bats Campaign. The lesser long-nosed bat is an important species at Saguaro National Park because they pollinate the Saguaro cactus and other plants of interest. They have been conducting bat counts in bat roosts within the park. Tracking the phenology of pollinator plants will augment our findings and help protect this vulnerable species.
We are using Nature's Notebook to engage 150 introductory biology students per year in tracking fall and spring phenophase changes for nine tree species on Salisbury University's campus. This Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience is designed to achieve three goals: 1) the social goal is to foster a sense of place, sense of belonging, and sense of community; 2) the skill goal to promote a sense of agency with science skills; and 3) the research goal is to use campus tree phenology as a local measure of climate change and urban microclimate.
Undergraduate class at UC Santa Barbara and volunteers are making observations at the Garden. Part of the California Phenology Project.
2017 Impact Statement
It is important to promote education of the public concerning seasonal plant cycles, as well as plants’ sensitivities to climate, in order to demonstrate the critical importance of humans’ interconnection to our environment. Changes in plant phenomena affect abundance, diversity of species, interactions, ecological functions, effects on water, energy, and chemical elements. Recorded data can be used in research and management, informing decisions, as climate change affects earth’s ecosystems. The California Phenology Project was started in 2010 by Dr. Susan Mazer, by a grant from National Science Foundation, and in collaboration with National Park Service Climate Change Response Program, US Geological Survey, and USA-National Phenology Network. Utilizing National Phenology Network’s Nature’s Notebook, nineteen plant species and almost 1,300 individual plants on public and private lands have been monitored. Over sixty trainings with seven hundred participants, have been given, with more trainings occurring. As of March 15, 2017, 1,440,000 (1.44 million) phenological observations have been recorded. The group leader was trained as Citizen Scientist-Phenologist by Dr. Susan Mazer at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden two years ago. We currently study five plants, and have plans to add more. Four people have been trained to utilize Nature’s Notebook, and found it fulfilling to be able to share the process of plant phenophases with students. The significance of data collection and recording from plants, while enjoying the beauty of the plants themselves, makes phenology an extremely rewarding and worthwhile project.
We are using Nature's Notebook to engage the public in nature so they have a better understanding of and respect for how our ecosystem functions. With this project, we hope to inspire others to protect and save our precious native plants and animals from dangers such as habitat destruction and invasive species.
Santa Monica Mountains NRA is uisng Nature's Notebook as a part of the California Phenology Project and with the National Park Service.
Saratoga NHP is using Nature's Notebook to contribute to the national/regional effort. We aim to chart changes over time and in particular invasive species and the effect they are having on native ecosystems. We would like to get others involved, either at the park or in their preferred areas.
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Back40 in Savannah, Georgia is using Nature's Notebook to help our University students and local K-12 students actively participate in citizen science efforts outside in the low country Georgia and South Carolina areas.
Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor, 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.
Sedgwick Reserve is using Nature's Notebook to contribute to the ongoing data on our plants and be able to compare the results to other Local Phenology Programs with the California Phenology Project (CPP) and other Nature's Notebook LPPs.