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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 groups@usanpn.org.

Oregon Season Tracker is a Regional Phenology Network. Headed up by Jody Einerson, our project of Oregon State University aims to link natural resource managers, educators, researchers and others in the community to the science they use through collaborative citizen science. Oregon Season Tracker is working with researchers from OSU and HJ Andrews Experimental Foresty LTER to expand climate data and open channels of communication with the public across all of Oregon.

Statewide
OR
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2014
Impact Statement:

2019 Impact Statement

Issue: Oregon Season Tracker (OST) aims to broaden discussion and understanding about climate science, linking natural resource managers, educators, researchers and others in the community to the science they use through collaborative citizen science. Volunteers contribute scientific data on precipitation and plant phenology at their home, woodland, farm, ranch or school for their own land management decisions and to share with research partners both locally and nationally.

Action: In 2019 we continued to concentrate on 1.) Reaching out to partners within Extension from previously untapped counties to train volunteers. 2.) Concentrating on supporting/retaining our volunteers through continued education opportunities and communications.  3.) Continuing work with classrooms, offering teacher professional development, OST curriculum materials, and classroom support through 4-H.

Outcome: By the end of 2019 the OST citizen scientists accounted for 189 unique registered rain gauge stations tracking precipitation with the OST program and the Community Collaborative Rain Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) national database. OST partners with the National Phenology Network (NPN) to track plant phenology observations through Nature’s Notebook.

Volunteers associated with OST partner group are submitting data from their own home sites. In 2019 we also were able to reach out to Southwest Oregon with a training in collaboration with an Extension partner - training 14 new observers from that area.  In 2019 we also worked with HJ Andrews to secure a $5000. grant to support the program in schools.  This allowed us to bring the first group of 50 students to the forest to tour, meet the researcher, and go out in the field and share data collection.

2019 For the first time we took 50 - 5th grade students to the Andrews forest to interact with the climate researchers.  We conducted a first continuing education phenology refresher class.  We conducted a training in Southwest Oregon to expand our reach.  We trained 46 new citizen scientist who accounted for 33 new observation sites.

In 2019 the program received the 2018 PhenoChampion award from USA-NPN, we received OSUEA Search for Excellence award, and had the cover article in the Rural Connections; the magazine of the Western Rural Development Center Spring/Summer 2019 issue.

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2018 Impact Statement

Issue: Oregon Season Tracker (OST) aims to broaden discussion and understanding about climate science, linking natural resource managers, educators, researchers and others in the community to the science they use through collaborative citizen science. Volunteers contribute scientific data on precipitation and plant phenology at their home, woodland, farm, ranch or school for their own land management decisions and to share with research partners both locally and nationally.

Action: In 2018 we strategically concentrated 1.) Reaching out to partners within Extension from previously untapped counties to train volunteers. 2.) Concentrating on supporting/retaining our volunteers through continued education opportunities and communications. This included our first volunteer/researcher learning retreat at partner HJ Andrews Experimental Forest LTER 3.) Continuing work with classrooms, offering teacher professional development, OST curriculum materials, and classroom support through 4-H.

Outcome: By the end of 2018 the OST citizen scientists accounted for 156 unique registered rain gauge stations tracking precipitation with the OST program and the Community Collaborative Rain Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) national database. OST partners with the National Phenology Network (NPN) to track plant phenology observations through Nature’s Notebook. Volunteers associated with OST partner group at Nature’s Notebook have contributed over 21, 000 phenology observation in 2018. OST Retreat evaluations showed a strong connection between researcher interactions and volunteers gaining better understanding climate science.

Orme School in Mayer, AZ is using Nature's Notebook to connect my students with nature, improve their observation skills, and to empower them to become citizen scientists.

Mayer, AZ
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2019

Pascagoula River Audubon Center is using Nature's Notebook as baseline phenology monitoring of local species as a part of the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail.

Moss Point
MS
First Observation:
11/2017

Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland is using Nature's Notebook.

Laurel
MD
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2018

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.

Santa Rosa
CA
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Impact Statement:

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.

NM
First Observation:
09/2017

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.

Brooklyn, NY
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First Observation:
04/2018

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
grounds.

Raleigh, NC

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. 

San Francisco
CA
This LPP is working with students.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2019

The North Carolina Arboretum engages school groups and visitors in making phenology observations using Nature's Notebook, through its Project EXPLORE program.

Asheville
NC
This LPP is working with students.
Impact Statement:

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.

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.

Radford, VA
This LPP is working with students.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
02/2018

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.

Santa Fe
NM
Partner Website:
First Observation:
05/2018

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.

Tucson
AZ
Partner Website:
First Observation:
06/2019

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. 

Albuquerque
NM
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
09/2017

Nature's Notebook is a great tool for collecting and analyzing data, and it would make our project a part of a larger, national database so that we at Reid Park Zoo can contribute our data to learning more about larger phenology patterns.

Tucson
AZ
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2021

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.

Monte Vista, CO
This LPP is working with students.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2018

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?

BEMP:
-Is cottonwood phenology shifting in response to senescence, climate change, lower water tables, etc in the bosque?

Trail-wide:
-How does the phenology of species along the RGPT shift from: urban to rural, closer/further from the river, north to south, etc?

Albuquerque
NM
This LPP is working with under-served communities.

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.

Ashland, VA
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
03/2017

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