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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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Tracking Plant Phenology at The Evergreen State College is using Nature's Notebook in their general biology and general botany classes for students to collect individual data on plant phenology. Students will also have the opportunity to learn science communication and
data analysis skills by analyzing class data and preparing a report describing the results of their observations.
Undergraduate students in an introductory biology course at Trinity University are using Nature's Notebook to begin using early-season phenological studies to help students learn to make close observations of plants on a regular basis. This is a skill-development exercise that is designed to have students in the field as early as possible spring semester, and in Texas can be as early as January and February, and prepare them for experimental/manipulative studies on pollination syndromes and monarch butterflies.
Tulare Audubon is a part of Audubon California and BirdSeasons CA monitoring bird activity year round to detect any climate change induced shifts.
The UA SEEC Program aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEAM) and social science among low-income and under-represented minority K-12 students in Title I schools within the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). The SEEC program, part of the University of Arizona’s (UA) Community and School Garden Program (CSGP), gives TUSD students and teachers the resources and opportunity to connect with community scholars performing cutting-edge, ongoing environmental research through citizen science programs, community grants, guest lectures, training programs, and more. In order to have a successful program, it is pertinent to be able to connect students with the people and citizen science programs that can have tangible outcomes, concrete examples of place-based environmental knowledge, and sustainability. The SEEC Program will connect its students and teachers to the USA National Phenology Network (USANPN) and Nature's Notebook (NN) as a way for them to formally participate in citizen science projects, establish scientific questions, methods, and means of data collection, and analyze their results. The USA-NPN and NN will help the SEEC Program establish low-maintenance educational tools, long-term connections within a school system, accessible data, and local connections with their surrounding environment, which can result in increased interest, understanding, and commitment to the environment, STEAM, and social science fields for years to come. TUSD students, staff, and SEEC Program staff and interns are observing with Nature's Notebook.
UIdaho has a phenology lab exercise in their course and want students to observe trees tand use USA-NPN data to estimate bud break, enter observations through Nature Notebook and compare predicted with observed. Teaches factors controlling annual growth phases and develops observational skills. They will observe quaking aspen (Populus tremuloidies) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menzeisii) at several locations on campus.
University of La Verne - Biology Department Mountain and Desert Biology Course where students develop their own research questions and collect data throughout 5 weeks of the course. The goal is for them to collect data that would be useful to their community and use Nature's Notebook.
UNC Asheville has established two phenology gardens on their campus (sun and shade) as part of a NSF-funded project. They plan to use students (both research and classroom) to monitor phenophases in these gardens for many years to come. They plan to eventually install a phenology trail for use with other groups (K-12, community groups, etc.). They are collaborating with two other regional universities, Appalachian State University and Warren Wilson College, who are also installing similar gardens and trails. Nature's Notebook will allow multiple trained people to enter phenology data on their sites.
University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY is using Nature's Notebook in a large (250 students/semester) course to teach about phenology and general science education. Observations will be collected by Undergraduate students enrolled in GEO105 Environmental Science course.
Ursinus College uses Nature's Notebook in an undergraduate Plant Biology lab to teach phenology.
University of Southern Mississippi Long Beach Campus in Long Beach, Mississippi is using Nature's Notebook as part of the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail.
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 our area and learn how to measure phenophases. We 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.
Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves is entering data with Nature's Notebook in Mammoth Lakes, CA and have successfully monitored the study plants at both UCSB reserves - part of the UC Natural Reserve Systems - SNARL (Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research lab) and Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve.
At Valle de Oro in South Valley, NM we aim to anser the following questions with Nature's Notebook:
- 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?
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.