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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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2019 Impact Statement
Plant phenology is a great indicator of environmental changes. Such data is not presently readily available in Indiana. Indiana Phenology works to fill that gap by engaging people of all ages in phenology observation using Nature's Notebook, a program developed by the USA National Phenology Network.
The goal of our project is to document the leafing, flowering and fruiting of common native plants in all 92 Indiana counties. This data will help us measure the impact of environmental changes, including climate change, so that we can effectively respond and adapt. We hold workshops, create and share resources, provide training and educational opportunities, and share a monthly newsletter reporting observations from the past month.
In 2019, our first year, 19 observers made 17,823 observations at 25 sites in 11 counties. Our observers monitored 89 different species including Eastern redbud, Tuliptree, Sugar maple, Bur oak and Canadian serviceberry. We are 12% of our way to our long-term goal of having observers in every county of Indiana.
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is using Nature's Notebook to monitor migrating bird species for approximate arrival and departure dates and monitor plant species in two different refuge locations to trace growth.
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is using Nature's Notebook to allow volunteers and school program participants to record observations. They aim to teach students about season change and monitor over time and see trends as a result of climate conditions and landscape maturation.
John Muir NHS is using Nature's Notebook in Martinez, CA and we are looking for changes week to week, i.e. when the first leave buds or flowers appear etc. how fast these changes take place or not.
Lorain County Community College campus has established seven Specialty Gardens in their area in Ohio. Each garden is used for education of various levels. Nature's Notebook will be used to engage the younger audience and bring them fulfillment by contributing to science.
Leif Erikson Park in Duluth, Minnesota recieved funding to create a project with the goal to set up at least three phenology trails in Duluth that target similar plant species across a broad climatic gradient and develop resources to help citizen scientists understand their data in the context of larger databases. Nature’s Notebook provides the rigor and standardization needed to answer questions about how climate change might affect our local plants, but also the accessibility for volunteers to add, view, and explore data using resources such as the visualization tools developed by the National Phenology Network.
Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge is using Nature's Notebook at their NWR in Reigon 2.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Education in Richmond, VA is using Nature's Notebook to help the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden community understand that it can contribute to climate change research by participating in phenology citizen science activities.
At Little River Wetlands Project, we have an active and dedicated volunteer base, many who take weekly (or more frequent) hikes on the preserves are working on tracking the seasonal changes on the properties in Fort Wayne, IN to monitor the impacts of climate change and to make that data available for future projects. Nature's Notebook offers a great way for us to start collecting those observations in a centralized location and will assist in tracking what is happening on our properties, and also add to the national database.
Livingston High School in Livingston, NJ is using Nature's Notebook to engage students in citizen science and have the students complete observations year after year. Data collection and field work are two things that are very important in the school curriculum.
Madrone Audubon is using Nature's Notebook with the Audubon CA chapter (48 throughout the state) volunteers to monitor bird phenology on preserves statewide to detect any possible climate change drive shifts and to engage volunteers in climate change research. Our chapter is active in Paula Lane Nature Preserve and will be observing the following species: Acorn Woodpecker, Anna's Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Mourning Dove, Violet-green swallow, Dark-Eyed Junco, Cedar Waxwing.
Maine Audubon - Fields Pond Center in Holden, Maine, is using Nature's Notebook to expand the geographic range of our phenology and bird migration project, which may turn into other projects as data and our Local Phenology Program develop further. We 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. We aim to engage volunteers and participants on how they can become involved and easily contribute to science by using Nature's Notebook.
Mars Hill University Arboretum and Tree Trail has a Arboretum and Tree Trail which is a fairly new resource on our Mars Hill, NC campus. We want to get students more involved in the community, and the community more involved on campus, both centered around a citizen science project on campus. Additionally, our science department (Biology and Zoology) has a goal of giving students more practice with quantitative skills. Collecting, managing, and analyzing phenology data will provide some of that practice. These needs will be addressed by having students enter and use the data within the Nature's Notebook database.
Mass Audubon Habitat Phenology Society in Belmont, Massachusetts is using Nature's Notebook to get the community involved in an effort to tackle climate change effects in an urban wildlife refuge. As part of our ecological management plan, we assess and monitor the well-being and state of our ecosystems, as well as manage them. With ongoing phenological data, we hope to ensure the long term health of our ecosystems, by monitoring trends and seeing how a changing climate will affect the species on site.
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Phenology Trails' data collected in Nature's Notebook will be valuable in performing ecological research through partnerships and citizen science for the long-term natural resource management of the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve while providing educational opportunities for the community and contributing to broader scientific knowledge.
McLeod Water Park in coastal Kiln, Mississippi is using Nature's Notebook with the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail to make observations to assist in determining if there is an east-west gradient of spring plant blooms and when plants leaf out.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is using Nature's Notebook with their group of college students to observe at MGCC Estaurine Education Center in Gautier, Mississippi to gather scientific data by observation to be beneficial for students, faculty, and the community. They are a part of the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail and are using citizen science for outreach or education and collect flowering data for invasive species management.
Milner Gardens & Woodland - Vancouver Island University is using Nature's Notebook to observe on their 28 hectare (70 acre) property in Canada with their staff, community volunteers, and students. They desire to get baseline measurements to track effects of climate change, provide data for local, regional and continental studies and encourage participation by students & community volunteers. They will start their observations with the following locations and species: In the woodland: Douglas fir, Bigleaf Maple, Red Alder, Grand Fir, Rubus parvifolius, Rubus spectabilis, Vaccinium ovatum, Vaccinium parvifolium, Lonicera ciliosa, Achlys triphylla. In the garden: magnolia & Hamamelidaceae collections.