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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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Indiana Phenology and Holliday Park are jointly sponsoring our project using Nature's Notebook to develop a network of site across Indiana to gather baseline data on phenology timing in Indiana.
Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise is a regional leader in sustainable horticulture practices and education, and use Nature's Notebook generated data to articulate shifts in local phenology and their implications toward landscape suitability and resilience.
In early fall of 2016 we established the first 2 tree plots that include 15 trees with 11 different tree species. In January 2018, 2 additional plots, called Shady Invader plots, were added to better understand the phenology and ecology of 3 species of invasive shrubs compared to 2 species of native understory woody plants. In October 2019 three additional plots were established on the Meads Quarry side of Island Home Ave. Two were established in the Subaru Preserve – one in the riparian zone of Toll Creek, the second in an upland location. The third plot is located in a mature oak-hickory stand on the Hickory trail. The 7 phenology plots cover a wide variety of Ijams forest ecosystems enduring various types and stages of disturbance. Data from these plots provide important primary information on Ijams ecosystems that can be used to more deeply understand the present status and provide information for understanding future response of trees and shrubs to management, recovery processes, and changing environmental conditions at Ijams. The 3 relatively mature forest tree plots (Secret Pond Trail, River Trail, and Hickory Trail) provide information on 23 tree species. The two Subaru Preserve plots provide monitoring information that may be useful for the restoration of these damaged ecosystems. The 2 Shady Invader plots are a resource for understanding the establishment and expansion of invasive shrubs and may provide information for management to reduce their impact on Ijams ecosystems. Each Shady Invader plot includes individuals of 2 native species and 3 invasive species.
Indiana Backyard Observers is using Nature's Notebook as a part of the Indiana Phenology Trail to begin a long-term local phenology monitoring program utilizing Nature's Notebook's standardized protocols and infrastructure.
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.
Iowa Lakeside Lab is a 111-year old field research station in NW Iowa. We believe it is the perfect place to engage the community with citizen science. Nature's Notebook offers us a platform to readily and easily encourage people to learn more about phenology and participate in the outdoors.
Iowa Lakeside Lab is a 111-year old field research station in NW Iowa. We believe it is the perfect place to engage the community with citizen science. Nature's Notebook offers us a platform to readily and easily encourage people to learn more about phenology and participate in the outdoors. With campus closures due to COVID-19, we have established a group where students will participate from their own locations until we are able to return to observing on campus.
Currently, Ironwood Tree Experience's Ecomonitoring Corps interns (high school and early college aged students) are logging phenology data on Nature's Notebook through one shared account. Upon suggestion from staff and volunteers, ITE would like to set up a longterm project to observe phenology data at two observations sites through out our urban ecosystem in order to monitor the effects of climate change on local flora and fauna. Ironwood Tree Experience uses ecomonitoring and citizen science as a means of engagement to connect youth and other members of our community to bioregional natural and cultural history and systems.
Island Heritage Trust in Deer Isle 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.
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.
I am using Nature's Notebook to establish a Phenology Walk on my street using Nature’s Notebook which inspires neighbors to plant their own edible, native plants and raise awareness of the greater sustainable-living movement.
We are using Nature's Notebook to increase student awareness of the natural world through phenological monitoring. Our program encourages students to make careful observations of plants in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s pollinator garden, many of which are widespread natives that can be found in our student’s neighborhoods. Data collection through Nature’s Notebook will reinforce STEM concepts from the classroom, giving students a perspective on how existential problems – like climate change, could be assessed at a hyper-local level by regular citizens, and empowering them by collecting valuable data for the park and the public.
James D. Kriegh Park Phenology Trail is using Nature's Notebook to offer Oro Valley residents the opportunity to learn about phenology and citizen science to help them understand how their local environment might be impacted by climate change.
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.
Kartchner Caverns State Park in Benson, AZ is using Nature's Notebook for supporting the USFWS Flowers for Bats Campaign. Kartchner Caverns State Park provides resources for many species, including lesser-long nosed bats and understanding the availability of agave will guide resource management decisions in the future.
We are a phenology network that consists of volunteers, educators and scientists based in the Twin Ports (Duluth, MN and Superior, WI). We monitor tree and shrub species along nature trails using Nature's Notebook. Our goals are to learn about how Lake Superior impacts plant phenology and document long term changes in seasonality in our area. We also lead workshops for K-12 educators. Our website is https://sites.google.com/d.umn.edu/lakesuperiorphenology/
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.