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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Building Material
- Traditional Food
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 Phenology observes 13 trees across 12 species in this New York City public park. Our goals are (1) to create baseline data about tree phenology, (2) to contribute to studies about urban phenology, and (3) to provide community science opportunities for park users and neighbors.
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?"
This Local Phenology Program supports the Pesky Plant Trackers campaign.
We are using Nature's Notebook to engage volunteers in citizen science efforts at the Reserve. We will also use this project to teach students about seasonal change and how it may vary due to climate change.
Weir Farm NHP in Wilton, CT, is using Nature's Notebook to establish baselines and information for our region.
We are using Nature's Notebook to track seasonal changers and will use the data to help predict timing of seasonal events.
Wells Reserve in Wells, Maine is committed to research, education, stewardship and community engagement. Phenology monitoring with Nature's Notebook is used to fill a gap in our monitoring research, provide information to steward the land and engage their volunteer community.
West Lambert Lane Park is using Nature's Notebook with the Tucson Phenology Trail to offer Oro Valley residents a safe outdoor activity in existing parks and hiking trails that will introduce them to citizen science activities that can be used to monitor the local environment.
BIOS 1620 at Western Michigan University is aiming to get students outside more often, to observe the world around them. This is done in part by creating a six week lecture & laboratory activity around the teachings of phenology, citizen science, and climate change, for students will gain perspective on the changing world and the campus around them.
This group supports the Pesky Plant Trackers campaign.
Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Areain Valencia County, NM is using Nature's Notebook as a part of the Rio Grande Phenology Trail with a long-term goal to collect and record data to study focused trends of plant and animal species.