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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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Couturie Forest Phenology Trail in New Orleans, Louisana is using Nature's Notebook as a part of the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail to promote education of different native and invasive plant species in Couturie Forest and to provide a citizen science opportunity in our park.
Crosby Arboretum is using Nature's Notebook for outreach and engagement of young visitors.
We are using volunteers to collect data on a long-term experiment that is a collaboration between the National Park Service, City of St. Paul, University of Minnesota and Mississippi Park Connection (https://parkconnection.org/). The last is the non-profit partner of the Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area. The project is part of the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change Network (https://www.adaptivesilvicult
We aim to use Nature's Notebook to give students the opportunity to engage in meaningful science and data collection within the Denver metro region. A second goal of this program is to collect data on how tree phenology varies within the Denver metro region, and use this for the basis for research on urban forest health, spatial distribution of ecosystem services within urban areas, and urban forest response to climate change.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's primary purpose in creating a phenology 'walk' is outreach and engagement of our school groups, volunteers and Garden guests. Through community engagement, visitors will select visitation of spaces underutilized while making connections in nature. School groups will learn about phenology, make 'big picture' connections and potentially begin the journey of becoming citizen scientists.
Their science question is broad-based yet relevant enough to the general Garden audience.
"How do changes in season affect native plant species over time?"
Twenty-five select tree, fern and wildflower plots have been identified for observation in the Garden in Belmont, NC, on the existing Persimmon Trail, easily accessible to all participants making observations.
To start with, 9th grade environmental science students will be using Nature's Notebook. Potentially other departments at the school could use it as well. Integrating modern and historical phenology observations into a environmental science curriculum.
Desert View High School is participating in Nature's Notebook with the Tucson Phenology Trail. Our high school is working with a team to get public school students connected to the national park through citizen science. The first step is to get students engaged on campus and then take that experience and connect it to similar experiences at the park. This group at Desert View is a small piece to this much bigger project. We plan to formulate questions, collect data and then analyze that data along with data that has been collected by others in the past to investigate ecosystems and climate change.
Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA is using Nature's Notebook to facilitate a phenology data collection activity with first year undergraduates in an Environmental Science course. This is so the students get experience collecting data while contributing to an authentic scientific project. Hopefully this will be continued in future years so that the students can monitor campus trees over time.
The Dorothy Molter Museum preserves and interprets Northwoods wilderness heritage through learning opportunities inspired by Dorothy Molter. By providing an opportunity to understand the seasonal changes of Northwoods plant and animal species, we connect our visitors to the landscape where Dorothy lived and encourage good stewardship of it.
The Dorothy Molter Museum has established and implemented a phenology program using Nature's Notebook to increase annual repeat visitation and provides opportunities for long-term partnerships with volunteers and regional schools.
Downeast Lakes Land Trust in Grand Lake Streams, 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.
Dr. Mettler's Phenology Group at Black Hills State University is using Nature's Notebook to engage our online students with the Nectar Connectors Campaign during summer 2020 term.
The Duke Forest is 7,000+ acres of mostly forested land owned and managed by Duke University as a teaching and research laboratory. Established in 1931, our mission is to facilitate research that addresses fundamental and applied questions across a variety of disciplines and to aid in the instruction of all students in their pursuit of knowledge, especially regarding the stewardship of our natural resources. Management of the Forest is guided by a comprehensive plan that promotes the Forest’s academic mission while ensuring the protection of its natural resources.
The Duke Forest also provides education and outreach through tours and volunteer events and serves as an outdoor recreation destination for the local community. Duke Forest Phenology in Chapel Hill, NC is engaging the broader public community with the Duke Forest Teaching and Research Laboratory through science-based initiatives. We are working on a citizen science program for monitoring herpetofauna on the Duke Forest and are now creating a program for monitoring spring phenophases for three common Duke Forest trees. We plan to use the functionality and resources provided by Nature's Notebook to structure our program.
Earth Discovery Institute Phenology Project in San Diego, CA is using Nature's Notebook to improve representation of San Diego County's flora and fauna in the National Phenology Network database. They aim to increase citizen science field participation and encourage users to collect regionally significant habitat and climate data. Their organization, EDI, is a non-profit that engages students from park-poor communities, volunteers, and recreational users through science education and community outreach programs that are integrated with regional conservation and research efforts and encourage the use of modern technologies to accomplish these goals with the Ecology Meets Technology program.
Earthwise Aware (EwA) is a Nature conservation nonprofit in Massachusetts and the NPN addresses our standards for standardized scientific protocol rigor, global data, and open science. We focus on Biodiversity and how to protect it.
Concretely, we are dedicated/committed to bringing biodiversity knowledge, ecological ethics and environmental leadership at the core of communities and organizations / in the daily life of people.
One of our main outreach is through Co-creative Biodiversity & Climate citizen science programs to engage communities in helping, contributing to, collaborating in scientific endeavors.
Our citizen science principles are to:
- Advance Biodiversity & Climate research
- Give Science back to the people
Our Citizen Science pillars are:
- Species & ecosystems knowledge
- Ecological ethics
- Open and global science
- Democratization of science
We run several programs in Massachusetts. One of our programs happens at the Middlesex Fells Reservation (2800 acres of forested uplands and wetlands): ‘EwA at the Fells’. This is where we actively record via Nature’s Notebook. We use other global platforms for other kinds of biodiversity recording. We collaborate with experts and scientists and study various habitats at different levels (species occurrence & abundance, phenology, plant community assessment, etc.). The intent is to build a continuous natural history of the place through habitat/species surveillance/monitoring and phenology recording, and aligning as well with standards as developed by GEO BON (global biodiversity observation network). Our program at the Fells program engages its participants in observing birds, amphibians, insects, fungi, plants, etc. We also pay attention to the relationships between species and reflect on the meaning and implications of these relationships in relation to the forest, the cities around and further away. This intimate system-focused exploration helps to build a deep understanding of the place through rapid habitat-changing conditions and over time for the benefits of the Fells, its scientists, and ultimately our communities.
There are several species that we are monitoring among which some rare or endangered species (and for which we record information for our local scientist connections).
With time and with a growing number of participants, we will increase the list of species we monitor.
2018 Impact Statement
Earthwise Aware (EwA) Biodiversity & Climate Citizen Science fills important biodiversity and phenology data gaps. Our projects are about co-creative conservation using open and global science protocols and tools -protocols that lead to comparable and usable data, accessible and transparent to scientists and the public worldwide.
For our phenology studies, we use Nature’s Notebook that we endorse for its rigor and openness. Specifically, we value the standardization effort of the protocol across the U.S., therefore, leading to outcomes that we -as well as anyone interested- can aggregate and compare with other institutions’ output. Scientific rigor and openness are critical to science, and this was a factor for adopting Nature’s Notebook.
Since we started in 2018, we recorded about 15,000 data points, which aggregated with about 20,000 biodiversity records, start to establish a continuous natural history of the urban wildlife sites that we are studying. Our 'system' approach is unique and an acknowledged differentiator. Our model is inclusive and democratic; it bridges expertises and domains; it truly values the skills of its citizen scientists and networks, and enables genuine Open Science. As a result, we are witnessing a rapid increase in knowledge, awareness, skills, and aspirations of our citizen scientists.,
2019 Impact Statement
EwA Biodiversity & Climate Citizen Science fills important biodiversity and phenology data gaps. EwA science projects are about co-creative conservation using open and global science protocols and tools. We support studies for which data follow protocols that lead to comparable and usable data. Data access is open and transparent to scientists and the public worldwide. Our perspective goes far beyond using the public as a resource to gather data while potentially educating the public. It is inclusive and democratic; it bridges expertizes and domains; it truly values the skills of its citizen scientists and networks, and it enables genuine Open Science.
As EwA Phenology is concerned, we use Nature’s Notebook protocol and platform that we endorse for its rigor and openness. Specifically, we approve of the standardization effort of the protocol across the U.S., therefore, leading to outcomes that we as well as anyone interested can aggregate and compare with other institutions’ output. Data rigor and openness are critical to science, and this was a definite factor for choosing to use Nature’s Notebook.
EwA’s program is young. Yet since we started we recorded about 18,000 data points, which aggregated with about 20,000 biodiversity occurrence and abundance records start to give a sense of the continuous natural history of the sites that we are studying. Our system approach is unique and an appreciated differentiator in our region. We also are witnessing first hand the increase of knowledge, awareness, skills, and aspirations (KASA) of our citizen scientists and volunteers. Our model based on science democratization and the accessibility of our program to all communities make a difference while serving science.
Check out Earthwise Aware's Biodiversity and Phenology Report, or the Report Highlights.
Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) Teen Naturalists would like to work on is a monitoring the phenology of three species of plants/trees at the Santa Cruz River Park in Marana, AZ with our Teen Naturalists. We want the teens to learn through inquiry and project based learning methods and Nature's Notebook is a way we can accomplish that. We also want the teens to develop a strong sense of place and take ownership of a natural area. We will be doing other things in conjunction with our phenology monitoring including river flow monitoring, chemical water testing and macroinvertebrate surveys, soil testing, bio blitzes, and more. We will also be learning about watersheds and riparian ecosystems. And we will be doing trash clean ups and possibly invasive species removal. All these things combined will allow the teens to see the connections between natural processes.