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Active Local Phenology Programs
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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SUNY Geneseo is a part of the New York Phenology Project reporting data on phenology in their campus Spencer J. Roemer Arboretum, including documenting differences in phenology between the native and invasive shrubs. Ultimately they plan to create a phenology trail that includes other sites on campus and in the village. Students and community volunteers are collecting the records starting with monitoring Amur honeysuckle and gray dogwood, but plan to expand to other invasive shrubs and native trees and may eventually include some perennial wildflowers as well.
Tacoma Community College's Nature's Notebook group TCC Botany Back 40 Phenophase Group would like to see if flowering, fruit, leaf-out timing is shifting as climate changes and have students know their data is contributing to nationwide phenological data efforts.
Texas A and M AgriLife Research Station – Sonora is using Nature's Notebook to record data on Sideoats Grama (BOCU) and Ashe Juniper (JUAS) being monitored on research ranch in unburned plots in Sonora, TX for general research and educational purposes.
Comparison of phenological timing and climate sensitivity of different taxa from specific genera (e.g. Quercus, Acer) or regions (e.g. Midwest). Also use Nature's Notebook as an engagement tool for volunteers and education/outreach. They will be monitoring a number of species in the Nature's Notebook database, but will also have many species which are not included and will also be curating a local database for these additional species. They will begin by monitoring accessioned individuals in flagship collections (Oaks, Maples, Tilias, Magnolias). They will expand to include naturally-occurring forest herbs, shrubs ad trees in woodlands in Lisle, IL (Chicago region).
The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is using Nature's Notebook for phenology monitoring at a site for the Scouts who will be camping. The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is beginning with some wetland plants and animals. As they move forward, they will include a forest site along a hiking trail, and potentially a canopy site accessed by zip lines. Ultimately the goals of this group are to (1) provide a teaching tool for making observations of nature for the Scouts, (2) better understand climate change and phenology, (3) begin a data base of phenology near the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia, (4) connect with other groups and areas in WV who have established a phenology site, and (5) get scouts involved in citizen science.
Tohono Chul is a private non-profit 501©3 and our mission is to to enrich people’s lives by connecting them with the wonders of nature,art and culture in the Sonoran Desert region and inspiring wise stewardship of the natural world.
Tohono Chul Public Phenology Tours will introduce park visitors to citizen science and phenology.
Tracking Plant Phenology at The Evergreen State College is using Nature's Notebook in their general biology and general botany classes for students to collect individual data on plant phenology. Students will also have the opportunity to learn science communication and
data analysis skills by analyzing class data and preparing a report describing the results of their observations.
Tulare Audubon is a part of Audubon California and BirdSeasons CA monitoring bird activity year round to detect any climate change induced shifts.
The UA SEEC Program aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEAM) and social science among low-income and under-represented minority K-12 students in Title I schools within the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). The SEEC program, part of the University of Arizona’s (UA) Community and School Garden Program (CSGP), gives TUSD students and teachers the resources and opportunity to connect with community scholars performing cutting-edge, ongoing environmental research through citizen science programs, community grants, guest lectures, training programs, and more. In order to have a successful program, it is pertinent to be able to connect students with the people and citizen science programs that can have tangible outcomes, concrete examples of place-based environmental knowledge, and sustainability. The SEEC Program will connect its students and teachers to the USA National Phenology Network (USANPN) and Nature's Notebook (NN) as a way for them to formally participate in citizen science projects, establish scientific questions, methods, and means of data collection, and analyze their results. The USA-NPN and NN will help the SEEC Program establish low-maintenance educational tools, long-term connections within a school system, accessible data, and local connections with their surrounding environment, which can result in increased interest, understanding, and commitment to the environment, STEAM, and social science fields for years to come. TUSD students, staff, and SEEC Program staff and interns are observing with Nature's Notebook.
UIdaho has a phenology lab exercise in their course and want students to observe trees tand use USA-NPN data to estimate bud break, enter observations through Nature Notebook and compare predicted with observed. Teaches factors controlling annual growth phases and develops observational skills. They will observe quaking aspen (Populus tremuloidies) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menzeisii) at several locations on campus.
University of La Verne - Biology Department Mountain and Desert Biology Course where students develop their own research questions and collect data throughout 5 weeks of the course. The goal is for them to collect data that would be useful to their community and use Nature's Notebook.
UNC Asheville has established two phenology gardens on their campus (sun and shade) as part of a NSF-funded project. They plan to use students (both research and classroom) to monitor phenophases in these gardens for many years to come. They plan to eventually install a phenology trail for use with other groups (K-12, community groups, etc.). They are collaborating with two other regional universities, Appalachian State University and Warren Wilson College, who are also installing similar gardens and trails. Nature's Notebook will allow multiple trained people to enter phenology data on their sites.
University at Buffalo IN Buffalo, NY is using Nature's Notebook in a large (250 students/semester) course to teach about phenology and general science education. Observations will be collected by Undergraduate students enrolled in GEO105 Environmental Science course.
University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden plans to use Nature's Notebook to engage local homeschooling students in an ecological and phenology field study to increase their interest in and understanding of ecosystem processes and the process of experimental design and analysis. Initially, local homeschooling families and supporters and members of the garden will observe Syringa x chinensis 'Red Rothomagensis' as well as many other native and exotic species found on the University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Moscow, Idaho.
Ursinus College uses Nature's Notebook in an undergraduate Plant Biology lab to teach phenology.
University of Southern Mississippi Long Beach Campus in Long Beach, Mississippi is using Nature's Notebook as part of the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail.