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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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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.
University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY is using Nature's Notebook in a large (250 students/semester) course to teach about phenology and general science education. Observations will be collected by Undergraduate students enrolled in GEO105 Environmental Science course.
Nature's Notebook is being used by the Principles of Plant Science course at the University of Florida in Gainsville. This course is taught all semesters and Nature's Notebook will be a course activity repeating every year. This activity will contribute to the students exposure to identifying and monitoring plants. Also, they will contribute to science by providing their observations to the national network.
University of Lynchburg is collecting baseline phenology measurements for the native dogwood trees on campus and working with the director of campus grounds to plant cloned dogwoods to contribute to the dogwood genome project.
Ursinus College uses Nature's Notebook in an undergraduate Plant Biology lab to teach phenology.
University of Southern Mississippi Long Beach Campus in Long Beach, Mississippi is using Nature's Notebook as part of the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail.
USM Marine Education Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi is using Nature's Notebook to join federal, state, and private agencies participating in the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail.
Utah State University is using Nature's Notebook to collect flowering data to test differences among species in our area and learn how to measure phenophases. We aim to establish an undergraduate group conducting regular surveys, and perhaps develop a short data paper using Nature's Notebook data.
University of Texas Arlington is using Nature's Notebook as part of a plant science lab, using it as opportunity to start a long-term monitoring project and allow students to contribute as citizen scientists.
Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves is entering data with Nature's Notebook in Mammoth Lakes, CA and have successfully monitored the study plants at both UCSB reserves - part of the UC Natural Reserve Systems - SNARL (Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research lab) and Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve.
At Valle de Oro in South Valley, NM we aim to anser the following questions with Nature's Notebook:
- 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?
Verde Valley School is using Nature's Notebook in Sedonna, Arizona, to create a year long and long term science project for both Physical Science students (9th graders) and Environmental Systems and Societies (11th and 12th graders) students. The project will continue to be apart of that class curriculum over the years.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee completed construction of a forest canopy walk on our campus. Most of this walk is ADA compliant and allows visitors to walk into the canopy of the forest and above the canopy up a tower that extends over the treeline. This new feature is a perfect location to observe phenological changes and create a long term data set for our campus using Nature's Notebook. The data generated from this Nature's Notebook project will be combined with our other research projects on campus.
Wakefield Tree Observers has a collection of more than 300 Cornus kousa dogwood cultivars. These trees all exhibit different phenology patterns. Wakefield Tree Observers are interested in monitoring these patterns so they may propagate the Cornus kousas that exhibit strong fruiting and flowering characteristics. They are a nonprofit trust that focuses on environmental education and community engagement using the resources of the property. The focus is in engaging students in hands on educational opportunities.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a spectacular place to observe and record plant phenology. This trail spans from Mexico to Canada, and traverses the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain ranges at elevations up to 13,159ft. Importantly, the PCT spans the physiological limits of many species, allowing researchers to directly test how climate impacts species across their ranges. Our volunteers survey the flowering status of several species of plants in predetermined sites while hiking the PCT. Because of the number of hikers that pass these sites on a daily basis, a continual stream of phenology observations is generated that would be impossible for researchers to generate on their own. A pilot project version of Walking with Wildflowers is funded by the National Science Foundation.
This pilot project involves setting up sites along the PCT in Yosemite, Crater Lake and North Cascades National Park, as well as starting to recruit hikers and record initial phenology data. This work was funded as part of study determining how a widespread species (Mimulus guttatus) has adapted to use photoperiod cues to time flowering across its species range and potential implications for adaptation to future climates. Walking with Wildflowers is a collaboration between scientists at several research institution and the USA National Phenology Network.
Warren Wilson College Phenology Stewardship Program at Wayne State Campus in Detroit, MI are using Nature's Notebook to incorporate phenology and citizen science into lab exercises to give students a chance to participate and learn about "real world" science for undergraduate students, accompanied by lab instructors. They plan to develop a strong database of observations for use in classes but also for site planning and maintenance. They plan regular trips out to specified plants with lab classes, plus time on their own required as part of long-term assignment; class analysis of data from our site and possibly others; we hope to establish some demonstration gardens this fall, so they would be included in the monitoring and that would provide very good information about those sites; also work with our student group, the Detroit Biodiversity Network, to monitor various species, like peregrine falcons, year round.
Also there is a collaboration with colleagues at neighboring institutions (Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville, and East Tennessee State University) as part of a National Science Foundation project aimed at using course-based botanical research modules to study the responses of southern Appalachian plant communities to climate change. One of our projects involves developing a set of phenology-based curricular materials. Nature's Notebook will help students learn about citizen science and gain proficiency organizing and analyzing large data sets. They have established a phenology trail on campus and are currently establishing two phenology gardens (one garden for exposed species and another for forest understory species). They will be monitoring the same species at each institution in their network.
Washington Square Park Eco Projects in Manhattan, New York City, NY is using Nature's Notebook to collect plant phenology data on a long-term basis and educate our park users about the plants and phenology.
Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC is using Nature's Notebook our students to collect enough data to look for trends and we aim to answer "Are trees on our campus changing leaf color earlier each year?"