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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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Pepperwood is an ecological institute dedicated to educating, engaging, and inspiring our community through habitat preservation, science-based conservation, leading-edge research, and interdisciplinary educational programs. As part of the California Phenology Project, citizen scientists at Pepperwood are collecting important phenological information that will be used to inform regional land management practices and conservation strategies under a changing climate.
2017 Impact Statement
Plant phenology is one of the most sensitive indicators of shifts in climate patterns. The importance of climate change has been highlighted by California's recent 4-year drought from 2012–2015. Climate models suggest that Northern California will become increasingly arid with an increased probability of extreme events such as drought and flooding (Flint and Flint 2012). Since 2013, citizen scientists at Pepperwood Preserve have been tracking the effects of climate on California native plant life cycles through the National Phenology Network and the California Phenology Project. Our volunteers monitor 11 species of woody shrubs and trees twice a week throughout the year. As of January 2017, we have collected over 65,000 plant phenology observations. This project provides an incredible opportunity for citizen scientist to build critical research skills, enhance their botanical knowledge and connection to plant life cycles, and gives them professional development experience analyzing data and sharing their findings at scientific conferences. Data collected by this project informs important research about how plant species are responding to climate and how these shifts may impact the local ecology.
Nature's Notebook will allow PHENOMET Bajada to curate the data and offer greater flexibility with collecting data through the use of mobile devices. The project is sponsered by USDA ARS.
PPZ Education in Brooklyn, NY established a group with Nature's Notebook so visitors to the zoo, including school and scout groups, as well as general visitors, can learn about citizen science, collect and submit data at the zoo, and hopefully contribute to other projects after their visit. They would also like teens to participate in this, as part of their volunteer experience. The Zoo's mission is to save wildlife and wild lands, and see citizen science as a wonderful way to spread this mission.
Prairie Ridge Tree Trail is using Nature's Notebook to monitor the trees in their forest patch to see if the trees are healthy (i.e. they have similar phenology to other trees of the same species in the region) while engaging the public in citizen science opportunities at the site. It is a research station, but also open to the public and acts as a nature center, an environmental education center, and a wildlife refuge. It is managed to promote as many species of native plants and animals as possible and has 15 acres of constructed native tallgrass prairie as the centerpiece of the 45 acre
Presidio Phenology Project is utilizing Nature's Notebook as the key platform to help the Presidio in establishing a citizen science-based community, which consists of teachers, students, park volunteers, and educators in San Francisco, CA at the Golden Gate recreational area.
The North Carolina Arboretum engages school groups and visitors in making phenology observations using Nature's Notebook, through its Project EXPLORE program.
2017 Impact Statement
Teachers have expressed a need for on-site field trips, eliminating travel time and costs, that address curriculum standards and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. As an organization we would like to reach audiences not typically served by field trips by engaging with Title One schools and offer place-based educational programs. We offered a Project EXPLORE mini grant to teachers in western North Carolina through The NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC. We modeled for teachers and students how to collect data for Nature's Notebook in phenology plots we set up in their schoolyards and met with both students and teachers three times throughout the school year to focus on Nature's Notebook. The teachers and students collected data weekly from September to April and presented their findings at our mountain science expo. Since beginning the Project EXPLROE program in 2013, we have had 35 teachers in 28 schools and 2000 students throughout western North Carolina participate in Nature’s Notebook. Students have submitted 33,863 observations. Based on pre and post surveys we have successfully provided a way for teachers to be able to meet their curriculum while taking students outside and connected students with local nature, while they’ve contributed to the scientific community through Nature’s Notebook, and ultimately gained interests in science and science careers.
Our group at Quarryhill Botanical Garden has been observing four tree species for since 2015 using Nature's Notebook. The species are Cornus kousa, Magnolia stellata, Malus sieboldii and Diospyros lotus.
Radford University Phenology Monitoring in Radford, VA is using Nature's Notebook to initiate long-term phenology monitoring projects - beginning with "Field Biology & Phenology" advanced undergraduate course at Radford University. This will provide students experience in monitoring local plant and animal species (identification, structure, function, ecology, field techniques) and applied, hands-on approach to investigating seasonal changes, site and climate relationships, and associated ecological and environmental issues. Student groups would initiate monitoring projects and collect data throughout the semester; projects will be continued with small student groups during the summer, and by students in Ecology and Forest & Wetland Ecology courses in the fall and beyond.
Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary is using Nature's Notebook to begin to build a community science program at RDAC, to better understand the natural space here to benefit the community of Santa Fe, to expand Nature's Notebook's reach in Santa Fe, and contribute to data collection and community engagement along the Rio Grande Phenology Trail.
Recharge the Rain is a program under Arizona Project Wet that formed in partnership with a NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant in 2017. Recharge the Rain seeks to monitor rain garden installations at six different K-12 school sites throughout Tucson as a way to collect data on the impacts of rainwater harvesting systems on heat, moisture, phenology, and pollinators. This information will contribute to a continuing effort to support STEM education within TUSD schools and provide continuing education opportunities to the teachers who will take on this observation protocol in their classrooms.
Reginald Chavez Elementary School is using Nature's Notebook to involve their students in hands-on learning about the ecosystems and habitats around them. This will help to get students outdoors and learn more than just reading out of the science textbook and to add different lessons and projects to science classes related to Nature's Notebook and the data we collect (art projects, photography, etc). They are a part of the Rio Grande Phenology Trail.
Rio Grande National Forest in Monte Vista, CO is developing a science program utilizing and engaging students and volunteers on the RGNF using Nature's Notebook. Data from the USA -NPN is used to assess climatic variability which is one of the "Monitoring Questions" used to measure management practices in their Forest Plan, their guiding management document. This effort is to engage the public in the collection of data that helps RGNF measure the impacts of their management practices.
Valle de Oro:
-Establishing information on richness and abundance of focal bird species before, during, and after restoration
-Studying timing of phenological events in native Rio Grande cottonwoods and invasive Siberian elms
-Use this data to help inform management decisions such as when to remove physical buildings on the refuge to have as little impact as possible on bird species; time flooding of fields and wetlands to limit elm seed germination and encourage cottonwood seed germination, etc
-Does species richness, abundance, timing of phenological events change in response to management activities and climate change?
-Is cottonwood phenology shifting in response to senescence, climate change, lower water tables, etc in the bosque?
-How does the phenology of species along the RGPT shift from: urban to rural, closer/further from the river, north to south, etc?
RMC Campus Phenology is an undergraduate ecology course every spring with students recording phenological observations on campus. The hope is to do this for decades, so in addition to providing a learning experience for students, intending to create a long-term dataset. They will be looking at several tree species as well as a few common mammals, birds, and insects in Ashland, VA.
Friends of Rye Nature Center to walk the Phenology Trail on the property and record their observations of the marked trees on the trail using the phenophase datasheets from Nature's Notebook. The group is made up of volunteer citizen scientists who enjoy observing the trees on the Nature Center's property and contributing information for scientific use while also using the opportunity to socialize with the other group members. The plan is for the group to continue their regular walks and would like to ensure that the data they collect is recorded on a regular basis.
Undergraduate class at UC Santa Barbara and volunteers are making observations at the Garden. Part of the California Phenology Project.
2017 Impact Statement
It is important to promote education of the public concerning seasonal plant cycles, as well as plants’ sensitivities to climate, in order to demonstrate the critical importance of humans’ interconnection to our environment. Changes in plant phenomena affect abundance, diversity of species, interactions, ecological functions, effects on water, energy, and chemical elements. Recorded data can be used in research and management, informing decisions, as climate change affects earth’s ecosystems. The California Phenology Project was started in 2010 by Dr. Susan Mazer, by a grant from National Science Foundation, and in collaboration with National Park Service Climate Change Response Program, US Geological Survey, and USA-National Phenology Network. Utilizing National Phenology Network’s Nature’s Notebook, nineteen plant species and almost 1,300 individual plants on public and private lands have been monitored. Over sixty trainings with seven hundred participants, have been given, with more trainings occurring. As of March 15, 2017, 1,440,000 (1.44 million) phenological observations have been recorded. The group leader was trained as Citizen Scientist-Phenologist by Dr. Susan Mazer at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden two years ago. We currently study five plants, and have plans to add more. Four people have been trained to utilize Nature’s Notebook, and found it fulfilling to be able to share the process of plant phenophases with students. The significance of data collection and recording from plants, while enjoying the beauty of the plants themselves, makes phenology an extremely rewarding and worthwhile project.