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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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University of the Fraser Valley is using Nature's Notebook in our semester-long phenology project an introduction to ecology course to engage students in a research project. The course will be taught online due to COVID-19 and students will establish sites in their neighbourhoods that they will repeatedly monitor throughout the semester. Students will also formulate hypotheses on the species that they are tracking that they will test using Nature's Notebook's dataset.
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 aims to have students to collect data that is meaningful. Ecology students will carry out a semester long research project where they will collect data for Nature's Notebook. The data collected this year (2020-2021) will serve as preliminary data for my future's courses. Student's can then get a sense for how science actually builds upon itself!
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.
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.
The University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY uses Nature’s Notebook in a large (200 students/semester) undergraduate course that explores a range of different topics in environmental and climate science. In this geography course (GEO 105), students observe and record weekly phenology observations from trees located on campus.
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.
Students in the University of Washington's Landscape Architecture Ecological Design & Planning Seminar will be making observations of phenology where they live for the spring quarter to document changes over the course of the season and gain an understanding of phenology.
Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia is using Nature's Notebook to facilitate an 8-week data collection group project. Students will be in groups of 2-4 students and observe 2-3 trees each week, log temperature data, and ID as many birds on or around their selected trees as possible. Students will have 2-3 weeks to generate a testable hypothesis using their collected data and data available
on the NN website. By establishing a Group students can upload their data to a central location that is easily searchable.
Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves means two reserves. One is called SNARL Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Labratory, and the other is called Valentine Reserve. Both are in the eastern Sierra in or near Mammoth Lakes, CA.
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?
Virginia Commonwealth University Biology is using Nature's Notebook to help in their Citizen Science Course for university students to get students outside and learn about science and in particular, biology.
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.