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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.

Click here to view a map of all of our Certified Local Phenology Leaders.

If you are a Local Phenology Leader who would like to complete or update your LPPs listing, please contact groups@usanpn.org.

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.

Lynchburg
VA
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
First Observation:
03/2021

Ursinus College uses Nature's Notebook in an undergraduate Plant Biology lab to teach phenology.

This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
03/2017

University of Southern Mississippi Long Beach Campus in Long Beach, Mississippi is using Nature's Notebook as part of the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail.

Long Beach
MS
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
05/2019

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.

Ocean Springs
MS
First Observation:
07/2018

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.

Logan
UT
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2019

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.

Arlington, TX
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
11/2018

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.

Seattle
WA
This LPP is working with under-served communities.

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.

Valdosta, Georgia
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:

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.

Mammoth Lakes
CA
First Observation:
11/2012

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?

South Valley
NM
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
12/2013

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.

Richmond, VA
This LPP is working with students.

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.

Sedonna, Arizona
This LPP is working with students.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
09/2018

We do not have Vermont-specific phenology data to time the management of invasive species. Our invasive plant phenology project will provide accurate, scientifically collected phenology data. We want this information available to land managers and communities statewide.

Essex Junction
VT
First Observation:
03/2022

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.

Quechee
VT
First Observation:
03/2021

The group will be established as an assignment of the Ecology class in Virginia Tech. Every Spring semester, the students will visit an old-growth urban forest called “Stadium Woods” located on the University campus. The data collection will encourage students to get involved in research, and will provide them field work experience.

Blacksburg
VA
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2022

Indiana Phenology is using Nature's Notebook to learn more about the life cycles and interactions of the species with pollinators at the Wabashiki FWA site.

Terre Haute
IN

The Wakarusa Wetlands Phenology Trail at Haskell Indian Nation University is an effort of the Indigenous Phenology Network to connect students at tribal colleges with traditional plants and the tools of climate science.

In this model, students work with the tribal college and any related tribes to identify the plants to observe and then conduct frequent observations of the plants following the protocol of the USA National Phenology Network’s “Phenology Trails” and Nature’s Notebook program. Contact Dan Wildcat or Jeff Morisette for more information. 

Species of interest:

Willow:

  • Muscogee
  • "Akwanv"
  • Building Material

Wild Strawberry:

  • Lakota     
  • "Waziskeca"   
  • Traditional Food
Lawrence
KA

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.

First Observation:
01/2017

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.

Pacific Coast Trail
Partner Website:
First Observation:
06/2018

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