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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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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.
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Phenology Trails' data collected in Nature's Notebook will be valuable in performing ecological research through partnerships and citizen science for the long-term natural resource management of the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve while providing educational opportunities for the community and contributing to broader scientific knowledge.
McLeod Water Park in coastal Kiln, Mississippi is using Nature's Notebook with the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail to make observations to assist in determining if there is an east-west gradient of spring plant blooms and when plants leaf out.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is using Nature's Notebook with their group of college students to observe at MGCC Estaurine Education Center in Gautier, Mississippi to gather scientific data by observation to be beneficial for students, faculty, and the community. They are a part of the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail and are using citizen science for outreach or education and collect flowering data for invasive species management.
Milner Gardens & Woodland - Vancouver Island University is using Nature's Notebook to observe on their 28 hectare (70 acre) property in Canada with their staff, community volunteers, and students. They desire to get baseline measurements to track effects of climate change, provide data for local, regional and continental studies and encourage participation by students & community volunteers. They will start their observations with the following locations and species: In the woodland: Douglas fir, Bigleaf Maple, Red Alder, Grand Fir, Rubus parvifolius, Rubus spectabilis, Vaccinium ovatum, Vaccinium parvifolium, Lonicera ciliosa, Achlys triphylla. In the garden: magnolia & Hamamelidaceae collections.
Since 2017, volunteers at Minnesota Valley NWR have tracked the phenology of deciduous trees and nectar plants that are important for migratory birds, pollinators and resident wildlife species. Observations of the timing of life cycle events of these species will shed light on potential mismatches in timing between plants and the animals that use them. The Refuge is part of a corridor of land and water stretching nearly 70 miles along the Minnesota River and hosts three sites along an urban-rural gradient. Multiple individuals of each species are monitored to allow comparison within and among sites, contribute data to the national effort to understand how seasonal activities of plants and animals are shifting, and engage volunteers in citizen science.
The project at Minnewaska is focused on outreach and engagement. There are two trails currently run by environmental education interns at the park, who hope to engage adults and children in the phenology program through public hikes and school programs. The phenology trail is a part of the New York Phenology Network. Public hikes are conducted monthly at each trail to make phenology observations and to recruit dedicated volunteers as well. An end goal of this project is to establish enough interest through public hikes and signs at the park that park patrons will be engaged in the phenology trail on their own time. One of the trails is the Beacon Hill Footpath, which is located near Lake Minnewaska at the Wildmere parking area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Species along the trail include mountain laurel, sheep laurel, red maple, black huckleberry, Eastern hemlock, hemlock woolly adelgid, sweet birch, and American witch hazel. The second trail is the Lake Maratanza Loop Road, located at the Sam’s Point area of Minnewaska. This trail includes the species red maple, mountain laurel, sheep laurel, pitch pine, American witch hazel, highbush blueberry, and common milkweed.
MN Zoo - SES Citizen Science team and Nature's Notebook are working together to collect data on a few key species in the habitats around the school. Using Nature's Notebook to introduce Citizen Science to campers in the MN Zoo program and School of Environmental Studies students. Also hope to raise awareness for how climate change is affecting the plants and animals in the area. 7-9th grade campers in the MN Zoo programs and School of Environmental Studies students (11th and 12th grade) and some staff will be collecting observations. The plan is to have SES students make observations during the school year (Spring and Fall) and Zoo campers during the summer (June - August).
Mohonk Preserve is using Nature's Notebook in New Paltz, NY as a part of the New York Phenology Project. We aim to provide phenology projects as a citizen science program for our community and to compare data within our regional network.
Students are using phenology monitoring to better understand the species that are a part of their schoolyard habitat as a part of the school's environmental club at Montessori of the Rio Grande Charter School.
Napa Solano 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. This chapter is active in San Pablo Bay, CA and is observing the following: Song Sparrow – year round, Bufflehead - Winter, Western Bluebird – Year round, Tree Swallow – Summer, nests in weather head near bench, Red-tailed Hawk – Year Round.
Shore Gardens with the National Tropical Botanical Garden would like to establish a group within Nature's Notebook to establish a citizen scientist monitoring program for native Hawaiian plants as well as tropical ornamental plants in order to track changes over time.
To engage the NYBG community and connect them to science, while collecting valuable data on our living collections.
The New York Phenology Project is a networked community science initiative focused on climate and urbanization impacts on plants and pollinators.
The data is connected to both a national and regional database through the USA-NPN and is used by scientists, land managers and individuals to inform decision-making and build long-term data sets capable of answering pressing ecological questions.
We are using Nature's Notebook to engage group members, who are also Master Naturalists or enrolled in our certification program, in citizen science, to heighten their awareness and encourage activism around climate change, and to enhance their knowledge of and interest in the natural world.