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New York Phenology Project

About this Project, Network or Partner
The New York Phenology Project is a community-science initiative to investigate changing plant and pollinator phenology across an urban to rural gradient in lower NY. This network of phenology trails and sites have been established at nature centers/research stations/educational institutions that have trained staff able to collect data on a weekly basis, can manage and upkeep a marked trail and engage citizen scientists, volunteers and students who visit these sites for educational purposes. These trails are currently established in a gradient from NYC north to the Adirondacks and NYC east across Long Island  to look at possible range shifts and urbanization effects on plants and their animal mutualists (focused on pollinator synchronization). A list of 30 plants are idenitfied that represent a variety of common woodland, riparian, meadow, urban and pollinator garden plants so that the same species will be in as many locations as possible. Phase two of this initiative will focus on developing protocols for evaluating mismatch for animal mutualists.The mission of this public participation in science research initiative is to educate and engage the public while collecting data that is useful for detecting broad-scale patterns in the natural world. Initial adoption of the New York Phenology Project protocol and program was made by the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance of the Hudson Valley (, an organization that continues to offer leadership and support as the program expands into other regions in the state of New York.     
Geographic coverage: 
Active monitoring sites include: Ashokan Center, Avalon Park and Preserve, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Community Greenways Collaborative, Cornell Cooperative Extension (East End), Finger Lakes Land Trust, Gateway NP, Lime Hollow Nature Center, Greentree, Hawthorne Valley, Huyck Preserve, Rye Nature Center, Intervale Lowlands Preserve, KTD, Mashomack Preserve –TNC, Mianus River Gorge, Mohonk Preserve, New York Botanical Garden, New Paltz High School, Parkside Drive Park, Ross School, Seatuck Environmental Association, South Fork Natural History Museum, Teatown Lake Reservation, Third House Nature Center, Vassar College, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Zen Mountain Monastery
Taxonomic groups: 
Flowering Plants
Non-flowering Plants
Acer rubrum: Red maple
Acer saccharum: Sugar maple
Fagus grandifolia: American beech
Tsuga canadensis: Eastern hemlock
Liriodendron tulipifera: Tulip tree
Quercus rubra: Northern red oak
Prunus serotina: Black cherry
Juniperus virginiana: Eastern red cedar
Lindera benzoin: Spicebush
Kalmia latefolia: Mountain Laurel
Hammamelis virginiana: Witchhazel
Sassafras albidum: Sassafras
Cornus florida: Flowering dogwood
Vaccinium corymbosum: Highbush blueberry
Ilex verticillata: Winterberry
Trientalis borealis: Starflower
Erythronium americana: Trout lily
Fragaria virginiana: Wild strawberry
Maianthemum canadense: Canada Mayflower
Impatiens capensis: Jewelweed
Trillium erectum: Red trillium
Eurybia divaricata: White woodaster
Symplocarpus foetidus: Skunk cabbage
Monarda fistulosa - Wild bergamot
Vernonia noveboracensis - New York ironweed
Asclepias syriaca: Common milkweed
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae: New England aster
Asclepisa tuberosa - Butterfly milkweed
Liatris spicata- Blazing star
Echinecea purporea - Purple coneflower
Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal flower
Arisaema triphyllum - Jack in the Pulpit
Contact Name: 
Kerissa Battle
Contact E-mail:
This partner has established group sites: 


Community Greenways Collaborative
37 Happy Valley Rd
12409 Bearsville , NY
United States
New York US