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Master Gardener Update 2018 - 2.5 hour class

Title: Understanding seasonal change: What phenology data tells us about gardens and ecosystems

Wed, 11/14/2018
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USA-NPN's 10-year Anniversary Event

USA-NPN 10 year anniversary logoIn 2018, we are commemorating 10 years of the USA National Phenology Network and data collection with Nature's Notebook


Nature's Notebook "Conflicting Observational Data" Survey

Observational data conflicts in Nature's Notebook occur when there is more than one observer entering data on the same day, on the same individual plant or animal, and each observer submits a different answer (e.g. one person says yes to leaves and another person says no). This places an internal flag on the data in the database.


Walking with Wildflowers, a Local Phenology Program of the USA-NPN is leveraging citizen scientists to collect data along the Pacific Crest Trail. This AAAS blog post by collaborator Nic Kooyers describes how the researchers behind this effort are working with local hikers to understand which high-elevation species may be vulnerable to shifting climatic conditions.

Walking with Wildflowers

Call for Submissions: The Local Phenology Program PhenoChampions Award!

The National Coordinating Office (NCO) of the USA National Phenology Network recognizes the outstanding achievements of our Local Phenology Program Partners with the annual PhenoChampions Award!

2018 PhenoChampion Award Submission Open!

We know there is a great deal of work that goes into planning and executing a long-term phenology monitoring program and we are so proud of the many LPLs (Local Phenology Leaders) who have successfully been working to build them.

Planning NEON Field Seasons

NEON needs to plan field seasons to capture relevant phenophases. In their training workshops they are using our gridded AGDD products, including the forecasts and anomalies to decide when to visit field sites.

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In loving memory of our dear friend and colleague Patty Guertin

Patty Guertin

It is with heavy hearts that we tell you of a great loss to the USA National Phenology Network. In May 2018 we lost Patty Guertin, our staff botanist who had been with us since the start of the USA-NPN. Taken from the world by cancer far too soon, she is sorely missed by her family, friends, and the coworkers who consider her family. 


Nature's Notebook Phenology Monitoring for Master Naturalists

This 90 minute presentation and 30 minute classroom station activity was used to introduce Nature's Notebook and citizen science to a group of Master Naturalists in Tucson, Arizona. It was followed by a hands-on field lab where volunteers learned how to use Nature's Notebook protocols to observe at a local group site, the Tucson Mission Garden.

Sat, 03/09/2019


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