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In most of the last ten years, the First Leaf Index has arrived days to weeks earlier than calendar spring in the Washington, DC area. This year, spring leaf out arrived 25 days earlier than the Spring Equinox in Washington, DC.

Comparison of Spring Equinox and USA-NPN's First Leaf Index for Washington DC


Education Coordinator for the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP)


Please see below for information (and attached job announcement) for an Education Coordinator position with BEMP (Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program) in Albuquerque, NM. This position oversees citizen science educational programming, which includes some of the work with the Rio Grande Phenology Trail and Nature's Notebook as well as the overall BEMP curriculum. Please feel free to forward on to others who may be great fits! Thank you! 

"Education Coordinator for the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP)

BEMP is seeking an education leader who is motivated to engage people through science and stewardship. We are a citizen science organization working to provide fact-based, just and equitable environmental education to students at over 40 schools. If you want to engage students of all ages, prepare them not only for the STEM fields, but help them find the courage and vocabulary to become environmental stewards, this is the place for you.
The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) ( provides environmental education and citizen science programming for up to 10,000 students, teachers, and the public a year, mostly from backgrounds underrepresented in science. BEMP is a partnership of Bosque School and the University of New Mexico, Department of Biology. BEMP’s mission: Science, education, and stewardship of the Rio Grande and its watershed through long-term, hands-on student research of ecosystem response and function to inform public policy.
Full position announcement attached and at

Position open until 2 April 2018 or until filled."

Opportunity within the NCO: 

Pheno Forecast maps inform treatment timing for key pests

Our new Pheno Forecast maps show when management actions should be taken for five pest species including emerald ash borer, apple maggot, lilac borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, and winter moth. These maps are updated daily and are available 6 days in the future. Sign up to receive notifications.


Give us your feedback on our Pheno Forecast maps

Have you used our Pheno Forecast maps to plan treatment activities, or to know when to search for pests of interest? Do you have a suggestion of another species for which a forecast would help you make decisions? We'd love to hear about it! (Please include your email if you would like us to follow up with you.)


Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter. We agree - if we're talking about the eastern US. The southeast especially has been cool so far this year.  In the west, we are already seeing signs of early spring from trout to snowberries. A new forecast by collaborator Toby Ault also calls for a early spring in the west, late in the east. 


How will Punxsutawney Phil's predictions stack up to ours?

By Groundhog day in 2017, spring had arrived 3-4 weeks early across much of the Southeast. This year, it looks like we will not see a very early spring in the Southeast. However, we predict that by Groundhog day this year, spring will have spread even further into Southwest states this year than last.

Groundhog day map comparison 2017-18


Midway Atoll NWR - Endangered species phenology for propagation

Midway Atoll NWR requested 2 new species to be added in 2018 to learn more about the species phenology and facilitate efficient seed collection

Minnesota Valley NWR

Minnesota Valley NWR requested American White Pelicans to study whether climate change is impacting the migration timing of this very visible species, and American Woodcock to study whether climate change is impacting their sky dance mating ritual.

Signs of the Seasons - Increasing public climate literacy

Signs of the Seasons is a Local Phenology Program that is using Nature's Notebook to observe phenology of a suite of focal species. One of their primary objectives is to increase climate literacy of the public.

Signs of the Seasons - Common Loon phenology

Signs of the Seasons is a Local Phenology Program that is using Nature's Notebook to observe phenology of a suite of focal species. They started using NPN protocols to document Common Loon phenology in 2016.

2017 Nature's Notebook Active Group Survey

Nature's Notebook Logo

When you complete the survey you will receive a FREE downloadable template to advertise your Local Phenology Program. 

You will also be entered to win a "SWAG Bag" of Nature's Notebook and USA-NPN Gear, a $50 value! 


Topic ideas for Local Phenology Leader Monthly Calls

Interested in learning from your colleagues applying Nature's Notebook in the field? Have some good ideas to share with our community about how you are managing people who are collecting the data? Suggest a discussion topic for us to tackle on our monthly Local Phenology Leader meetings. 

Spring Onset Advancing Across NPS

Spring has already advanced in three-quarters of the 276 parks examined, and half of the parks are experiencing an "extreme" early spring that exceeds 95% of historical conditions as measured by first leaf index and/or first bloom index from indicator plant species.

Blooming in cold air pools

Assessed bloom phenology in cold air pools as part of determining their potential as climate refugia.

Impacts of climate change on cottonwoods

Are hotter/earlier spring temperatures speeding up historic seed dispersal trends.


In a new article from the Associated Press, Weather Underground reports that 25% fewer states have had a freeze so far this fall than in normal years. A shorter freeze season means longer allergy season, longer mosquito and tick season, longer agricultural pest season, and cascading effects on plant and animal interactions.