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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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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 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.
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.
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.