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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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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.
Santa Monica Mountains NRA is uisng Nature's Notebook as a part of the California Phenology Project and with the National Park Service.
Saratoga NHP is using Nature's Notebook to contribute to the national/regional effort. We aim to chart changes over time and in particular invasive species and the effect they are having on native ecosystems. We would like to get others involved, either at the park or in their preferred areas.
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Back40 in Savannah, Georgia is using Nature's Notebook to help our University students and local K-12 students actively participate in citizen science efforts outside in the low country Georgia and South Carolina areas.
Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor, Maine is using Nature's Notebook to expand the geographic range of their phenology and bird migration project, which may turn into other projects as their data and program develop further. They also seek to inform local partners about the importance of phenology data on their land and how they can help and contribute to their own conservation goals. Also they aim to engage volunteers and participants on how they can become involved and easily contribute to science by using Nature's Notebook.
Sedgwick Reserve is using Nature's Notebook to contribute to the ongoing data on our plants and be able to compare the results to other Local Phenology Programs with the California Phenology Project (CPP) and other Nature's Notebook LPPs.
SEEDS Phenology Program in Fife Lake, MI is using Nature's Notebook to help the school meet an organizational goal to provide over 50% environmental education-based lessons to students and to help students develop a sense of place.
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Socorro County, NM is using Nature's Notebook as a part of the Rio Grande Phenology Trail with a long-term goal to collect and record data to study focused trends of plant and animal species.
Shelburne Farms Phenology Walk in Shelburne, VT is using Nature's Notebook as part of their mission to educate for sustainability. The target audience for the walk is local families and visiting school groups to teach students about seasonal change, engage students with field science and the value of citizen science, teach students about the noticeable impacts of climate change close to home, build connection to place while allowing multiple teachers and staff members to enter data that the farm can monitor onsite as well as contributing to the larger Nature's Notebook database.
Sierra Streams Institute in Nevada City, CA was formed as part of an American Society for Plant Biology grant. They have K-12 students that collect phenology data, as well as a California Naturalist class.
SLZ Druid Phenology in San Lorenzo, CA is using Nature's Notebook to engage high school students in carefully following a scientific protocol while fostering their observational skills and their love of the natural world.
Smith College's Bio 131 class is using Nature's Notebook to help our students learn to observe the natural environment around them and on campus, and see how changes in climate and effects of invasive species affect the environment. We aim to increase knowledge of competition between invasive and native plants on their campus, which could be applied to managing the invasive species along the Mill River waterfront on the campus grounds in Northampton, MA. We would also like to establish a more accessible database for use by students in the course as well as the Smith College Botanic Gardens.
Smithsonian Gardens has established a Nature's Notebook group monitoring plants within the Smithsonian Museum grounds through contributions by staff and volunteers. Smithsonian Gardens strives to engage, inspire, and inform the public through horticultural displays and educational programming. SG would like this data to contribute to our long-term collection management, visitor outreach, and scientific research.
Scarsdale Union Free School District has started a group in Nature's Notebook called SMS Phenology to participate in Greenwave tree monitoring activity.
Sonoma 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.
Stetson Biology is using Nature's Notebook to give students the opportunity to collect field data and compare their data with data from other sites.
SUNY Geneseo is a part of the New York Phenology Project reporting data on phenology in their campus Spencer J. Roemer Arboretum, including documenting differences in phenology between the native and invasive shrubs. Ultimately they plan to create a phenology trail that includes other sites on campus and in the village. Students and community volunteers are collecting the records starting with monitoring Amur honeysuckle and gray dogwood, but plan to expand to other invasive shrubs and native trees and may eventually include some perennial wildflowers as well.
Tacoma Community College's Nature's Notebook group TCC Botany Back 40 Phenophase Group would like to see if flowering, fruit, leaf-out timing is shifting as climate changes and have students know their data is contributing to nationwide phenological data efforts.