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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The Linda Loring Nature Foundation is a non-profit land trust on Nantucket Island dedicated to research, stewardship, and education around our native biodiversity. We collect phenology data on common, native shrubs to track changes in the signature species of our landscape.
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.
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.
Lowell Elementary is a part of the OHIO Wild project. Teachers have been expressing a need for citizen science opportunities to use at their schools and/or their WILD School Sites. Nature's Notebook will give students and teachers a chance to create their own science questions and decide what data to gather from their school. The group is committed to helping students learn more about hands-on science through conservation education curriculums, and Nature's Notebook will be a serve in this process.
MacLeish Field Station collecting Fall Phenology data and would like students to be able to compare our data with other sites around the country and learn to formulate questions that they could investigate using the data.
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.
Mahoning County Extension Phenology Garden in Canfield, OH is using Nature's Notebook to continue the data collection efforts established with the Ohio Phenology Network and to provide a mechanism within Extension for an ongoing Citizen Science Project.
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.
This program is a part of the Downeast Phenology Trail and Signs of the Seasons in Maine.
We plan to start phenology trails at each of the Maricopa County Parks. These trails will serve as a way to educate our Spring cohorts about phenology and community science. The trails will also off our members volunteer opportunities and provide the park managers with important data. We also to use them as a method for community outreach.
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.
As part of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, we have been helping to facilitate phenology monitoring sites and programming throughout our area and build our local phenology data. At the Martin Van Buren Historic Site the primary purpose of the phenology trail will be to facilitate public engagement with phenology and the local effects of climate change in an agricultural landscape, by providing modern data that might be compared to phenology data collected in the same town in the 1830s and 1840s (during the time Martin Van Buren lived in Kinderhook).
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.
With the drastic changes we've seen in our weather over the past two years and our ongoing drought, we feel it is important to obtain as much data as possible about how our native plants are adapting or not adapting. Master Gardeners in Tucson, AZ will be using Nature's Notebook to track and examine their phenological data.