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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.

Indiana Phenology is sponsoring the Indiana Phenology Network to bring together individual Indiana Backyard Observers, Local Phenology Programs (LPP’s) at partnering sites in Indiana, such as Holliday Park, and schools all using Nature’s Notebook to gather data on phenology timing in Indiana.

Various
IN
First Observation:
09/2018
Impact Statement:

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.

Milford
IA
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2021

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.

Milford
IA
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:

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.

Tucson
AZ
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2021

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.

Deer Isle, Maine
Partner Website:
First Observation:
08/2017

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.

Florida
First Observation:
02/2018

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.

OR
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
First Observation:
03/2019

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.

Queens
NY
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
First Observation:
09/2021

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.

Oro Valley
AZ
First Observation:
03/2021

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.

Martinez
CA
First Observation:
06/2012

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.

Benson
AZ
Partner Website:
Duluth
MN
This LPP is working with students.

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.

OH
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
02/2019

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.

Duluth
MN
Partner Website:
First Observation:
04/2019

Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge is using Nature's Notebook at their NWR in Reigon 2.

First Observation:
06/2017

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.

Richmond, VA
First Observation:
01/2019

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.

Fort Wayne
IN
First Observation:
02/2018

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.

Livingston, NJ
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
09/2018

Our Center is the biological field station of Fordham University where we provided place-based ecological research opportunities to Fordham students. We are using Nature's Notebook to provide an easy to use platform for undergraduates who are just learning about phenology and the importance of long term data collection.

Armonk
NY
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
10/2021

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