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Patuxent Research Refuge - climate change impacts on focal species

Brief description: 
Patuxent Research Refuge serves as the first national wildlife refuge established for both wildlife and research and the home of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Staff and partners are able to conduct cutting-edge wildlife research and passionate interpretation of the natural world in the shadows of protected historic and cultural resources. In 2018 the Refuge began participating in Nature’s Notebook by monitoring the relationship between the Spring beauty plant, Claytonia virginica and the Spring Beauty Bee, Andrena erigeniae, the invasive Japanese barberry, Berberis thunbergii, and one of Nature’s Notebook’s calibration species switchgrass, Panicum virgatum.
Partner Organization: 
Contact Name: 
Ken Lavish
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Project Start Date: 
Background Information: 
Volunteer Coordinator Diana Ogilvie and volunteer Ken Lavish attended Nature's Notebook program planning workshop at NCTC in November 2017.
Research Question: 
Does climate change have an impact on phenophases?
Strategic Plan Area: 
Inform Decisions
Is the project complete? : 
In Progress
January, 2018
Collaborative Model: 
Protected area or reservation