USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

You are here

A Bird’s-Eye View of the USA National Phenology Network, an Off-the-Shelf Monitoring Program

TitleA Bird’s-Eye View of the USA National Phenology Network, an Off-the-Shelf Monitoring Program
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKellermann, JL, ENQUIST, CAROLYNAF, Humple, DL, Seavy, NE, Rosemartin, A, Cormier, RL, Barnett, LA
Book TitlePhenological Synchrony and Bird Migration: Changing Climate and Seasonal Resources in North America
Chapter3
Edition1
Pagination47-60
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN Number9781482240306
Abstract

Abstract. Phenology is central to the biology and
ecology of organisms and highly sensitive to climate.
Differential responses to climate change
are impacting phenological synchrony of interacting
species, which has been implicated in the
decline of migratory birds that rely on seasonal
resources. However, few studies explicitly measure
phenology of seasonal habitat resources on the
breeding and wintering grounds and at stopover
sites. While avian monitoring methods are widely
standardized, methods of monitoring resource
phenology can be highly variable and difficult to
integrate. The USA National Phenology Network
(USA-NPN)
has developed standardized plant and
animal phenology protocols and a robust information
management system to support a range
of stakeholders in collecting, storing, and sharing
phenology data, at the appropriate scale, to shed
light on phenological synchrony. The USA-NPN’s
Nature’s Notebook can be integrated into established
research programs, ensuring that data will be
comparable over time and across projects, taxa,
regions, and research objectives. We use two case
studies to illustrate the application of USA-NPN
methods and protocols to established long-term
landbird research programs. By integrating phenology
into these programs, avian ecologists are
increasing their ability to understand the magnitude
and consequences of phenological responses
to climate change.
Key Words: citizen science, climate change, phenological
mismatch, phenology monitoring, phenology
protocol, Ruby-throated
Hummingbird,
stopover habitat.

URLhttp://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781482240306
Phenological Synchrony and Bird Migration: Changing Climate and Seasonal Resources in North America
01/2015