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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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USM Marine Education Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi is using Nature's Notebook to join federal, state, and private agencies participating in the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail.
Utah State University is using Nature's Notebook to collect flowering data to test differences among species in their area and learn how to measure phenophases.They aim to establish an undergraduate group conducting regular surveys, and perhaps develop a short data paper using Nature's Notebook data.
University of Texas Arlington is using Nature's Notebook as part of a plant science lab, using it as opportunity to start a long-term monitoring project and allow students to contribute as citizen scientists.
Verde Valley School is using Nature's Notebook in Sedonna, Arizona, to create a year long and long term science project for both Physical Science students (9th graders) and Environmental Systems and Societies (11th and 12th graders) students. The project will continue to be apart of that class curriculum over the years.
Wakefield Tree Observers has a collection of more than 300 Cornus kousa dogwood cultivars. These trees all exhibit different phenology patterns. Wakefield Tree Observers are interested in monitoring these patterns so they may propagate the Cornus kousas that exhibit strong fruiting and flowering characteristics. They are a nonprofit trust that focuses on environmental education and community engagement using the resources of the property. The focus is in engaging students in hands on educational opportunities.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a spectacular place to observe and record plant phenology. This trail spans from Mexico to Canada, and traverses the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain ranges at elevations up to 13,159ft. Importantly, the PCT spans the physiological limits of many species, allowing researchers to directly test how climate impacts species across their ranges. Our volunteers survey the flowering status of several species of plants in predetermined sites while hiking the PCT. Because of the number of hikers that pass these sites on a daily basis, a continual stream of phenology observations is generated that would be impossible for researchers to generate on their own. A pilot project version of Walking with Wildflowers is funded by the National Science Foundation.
This pilot project involves setting up sites along the PCT in Yosemite, Crater Lake and North Cascades National Park, as well as starting to recruit hikers and record initial phenology data. This work was funded as part of study determining how a widespread species (Mimulus guttatus) has adapted to use photoperiod cues to time flowering across its species range and potential implications for adaptation to future climates. Walking with Wildflowers is a collaboration between scientists at several research institution and the USA National Phenology Network.
Warren Wilson College Phenology Stewardship Program at Wayne State Campus in Detroit, MI are using Nature's Notebook to incorporate phenology and citizen science into lab exercises to give students a chance to participate and learn about "real world" science for undergraduate students, accompanied by lab instructors. They plan to develop a strong database of observations for use in classes but also for site planning and maintenance. They plan regular trips out to specified plants with lab classes, plus time on their own required as part of long-term assignment; class analysis of data from our site and possibly others; we hope to establish some demonstration gardens this fall, so they would be included in the monitoring and that would provide very good information about those sites; also work with our student group, the Detroit Biodiversity Network, to monitor various species, like peregrine falcons, year round.
Also there is a collaboration with colleagues at neighboring institutions (Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville, and East Tennessee State University) as part of a National Science Foundation project aimed at using course-based botanical research modules to study the responses of southern Appalachian plant communities to climate change. One of our projects involves developing a set of phenology-based curricular materials. Nature's Notebook will help students learn about citizen science and gain proficiency organizing and analyzing large data sets. They have established a phenology trail on campus and are currently establishing two phenology gardens (one garden for exposed species and another for forest understory species). They will be monitoring the same species at each institution in their network.
Washington Square Park Eco Projects in New York, NY is using Nature's Notebook to collect plant phenology data on a long-term basis and educate park users about the plants and phenology.
Weir Farm NHS in Wilton, CT, is using Nature's Notebook to establish baselines and information for our region.
Wells Reserve in Wells, Maine is committed to research, education, stewardship and community engagement. Phenology monitoring with Nature's Notebook is used to fill a gap in our monitoring research, provide information to steward the land and engage their volunteer community.
Wildflower Watch in Jackson, Wyoming and surrounding Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is using Nature's Notebook to work into their existing citizen science project in Grand Teton National Park called Wildflower Watch. Partnered with The Nature Conservancy, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, Teton Botanical Garden, The Native Plants Society, The Sierra Club, and Teton Science School, they have volunteers visit two phenology trails - Blacktail Butte and Cache Creek - each with 10 plant species monitored at 5 stops. They will be using Nature's Notebook to streamline data collection as a group, and contribute to the USA-NPN database.
Wildlife District 4 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.
West Virginia University Core Arboretum is using Nature's Notebook to increase outreach and community engagement and help people learn about citizen science. WVU faculty and students, staff, volunteers, and school groups will be monitoring plants throughout the 91 acre WVU Core Arboretum. Spring ephemeral wildflowers and spring blooming trees will likely be highlighted in their observations.
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. Yolo Audubon is newest to Audubon CA chapter as of February 23, 2016 and will choose their species to monitor with Nature's Notebook on 6,800 Bobcat Ranch in Yolo County.