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Honorary Local Phenology Leader Certification - Application

If you've been working with volunteers and/or staff to collect phenology observations using Nature's Notebook for 6 months or longer, you can apply to be a Certified Local Phenology Leader. Specific details about the honorary certificate, required deliverables, and deadlines can be found here: www.usanpn.org/nn/LPLCertification/honorary

Local Phenology Leader Impact Statements

Use this form to share with the NCO your annual program impacts from using Nature's Notebook to achieve your goals. We welcome you to complete this form on an annual basis. 

Schoolyard Science @ Tucson Village Farm

Hands-on activities designed to help educators with ideas for doing science! This activity demonstrated how to contribute to a long-term phenology research project in your classroom. Resources shared include a Jr. Phenologist Certification Program, a species research worksheet and an example of simplified data collection sheets to be used as an introduction to phenology monitoring. 

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Fri, 12/02/2016
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Local Phenology Program Survey for Non-active Groups

Nature's Noteboook LogoWe want to make sure we are giving you the resources and assistance you need to get your long-term phenology program up and running with Nature's Notebook. If you have not yet begun regularly collecting and submitting data, please take a few minutes and tell us what has prevented you from getting started. 

Local Phenology Project Survey for Active Groups

Thank you for creating long-term phenology monitoring group that is actively collecting and submitting data with Nature's Notebook. 

Please take a few moments to provide us with some feedback so we can better understand the impact your group is having.  We value you, your efforts and your responses. Happy observing! 

USA-NPN Executive Director Jake Weltzin presents at National Academies of Sciences Meeting

USA-NPN Executive Director Jake Weltzin presented at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine  Meeting that took place in Irvine, CA from November 29-30, 2016. Jake showcased the USA-NPN's suite of phenology maps that were made available in Spring of 2016. 

 
Date: 
11/30/2016

The Wildlife Society 2016 Annual Conference

This presentation focused on the natural resource management applications of the data in the National Phenology Database. The presentation was given by Erin Posthumus at the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in October 2016 in Raleigh, NC. 

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Wed, 10/19/2016
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30
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Citizen Science, the best research money can't buy - NAI National Conference

Presented at the National Association for Interpretation 2016 Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas

Want to integrate outdoor education and technology, where visitors are a part of a useful and meaningful data project? Learn how we promote citizen science projects in the field through short and long-term examples designed for hands-on science! Presenters: LoriAnne Barnett, USA-NPN Education Coordinator; Kimberly Baker, Park Ranger, Caesar Creek Lake, Ohio (US Army Corps of Engineers); and Samantha Bachelder, Park Ranger, Caesar Creek Lake, Ohio (US Army Corps of Engineers). 

Date: 
Wed, 11/09/2016
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McDowell-Sonoran Conservancy Volunteer Training

The Phenology Training on Saturday October 29th at 1:00PM at Scottsdale Community College, presented by LoriAnne Barnett, the Education Coordinator from USA National Phenology Network.  Students from Scottsdale Community College and folks from Desert Botanical Garden will also be attending this training, since they are also creating Phenology Trails on Campus and at DBG. 

Here is a little background on the project in the Preserve:  

Purpose

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Sat, 10/29/2016
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Phoenix Phenology Trail Advanced Training

Phenology refers to key seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year—such as flowering, emergence of insects and migration of birds—especially their timing and relationship with weather and climate. 

Phenology - 2 Day Advanced Training (12 Hrs)

Day 1 included an overview of phenology and Nature's Notebook, as well as practice making observations, using the phenophase protocols and intensity measures, and visualization tool and partner dashboard. 

Date: 
Fri, 10/07/2016
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Central Arizona Phenology Trail Advanced Training

This Advanced Training was an introduction to the plants and animals that appear each season here in Prescott. Learn how to document what you see and contribute it to the Nature's Notebook Citizen Science Program, where your contributed information will be used to help answer local and national questions about species response to climate change. If you have been keeping a nature journal for years, bring it along to share. 

Date: 
Fri, 09/23/2016
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NEW STUDY SHOWS SPRING IS HAPPENING EARLIER IN THREE OF EVERY FOUR NATIONAL PARKS

The USA-NPN is part of a new study published in Ecosphere that shows spring is advancing in 75% of 276 National Parks studied. This shift is "extreme" in half of the Parks.

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10/06/2016

Global Alliance of Phenological Observation Networks (GAPON) Submission

Network Information Form

If you would like to be included on our list of large-scale phenology networks around the globe, please fill out this form with information about your organization.

Starred items are required and all others can be included if they are applicable for your organization. 

USA-NPN'S NATURE'S NOTEBOOK HIGHLIGHTED ON YALE CLIMATE CONNECTIONS

USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook program was recently highlighted by the Yale Center for Environmental Communication's Climate Connections podcast. Listen to the short segment, in which USA-NPN's Theresa Crimmins talks about how participants have been tracking changes in phenology.

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09/07/2016

Midway Atoll NWR - control of invasive Verbesina

This Refuge is tracking golden crownbeard, Verbesina encelioides, to better understand its phenology. This is a high priority invasive species for this region. They want to know how long they have between emergence and ripe fruits, to better time their removal activities

Working with Nature's Notebook Data

This presentation was delivered as a final project by our NASA Space Grant Intern, Julianna Renzi. Julianna explored the data available in Nature's Notebook, looking for patterns and interesting science questions. Here she describes her methodology for college-level students, her peers. 

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Fri, 07/15/2016
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2016 Internships with GEORGE MELENDEZ WRIGHT INITIATIVE in various US locations

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: GEORGE MELENDEZ WRIGHT INITIATIVE FOR YOUNG LEADERS IN CLIMATE CHANGE

The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the George Melendez Wright Initiative for Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) to provide a pathway for exemplary students in higher education (graduate students and advanced undergraduate students) to apply their skills and ideas to park-based challenges and solutions. The Initiative offers 12-week paid internships which allow students to gain valuable work experience, explore career options, and develop leadership skills through mentorship and guidance while helping to advance the NPS response to climate change. Successful students may be eligible for non-competitive hire into federal positions for which they qualify following completion of all academic requirements.

Please read the full annoncements here.

Opportunity within the NCO: 
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Post-doc in continental-scale sample design for monarch butterflies, USGS, Wisconsin

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Post-doc in continental-scale sample design for monarch butterflies, USGS, Wisconsin

 

USGS Post-Doctoral Research – Quantitative Ecologist focused on continental-scale sample design for monarch butterflies and the resources that sustain them.

The United States Geological Survey is recruiting a post-doctoral scientist in quantitative ecology for a USGS Monarch Conservation Science Partnership project focused on developing a continental-scale sample design for monarch butterflies and the resources that sustain them. The appointment is anticipated for 2.5 years.

​S​alary ​is at the GS-11 level (ca. US$ ​59,246 per year, plus benefits; official salary level listed in official job announcement). The post-doc will work with project lead Wayne Thogmartin (USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center [UMESC]), and will collaborate with other scientists in the partnership as well, including Jay Diffendorfer and Darius Semmens (both of USGS Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center), Ralph Grundel (USGS Great Lakes Science Center), and Laura Lopez-Hoffman (University of Arizona). The position is located in La Crosse, WI, at UMESC.

The successful candidate will support the project by taking lead and collaborative roles in:

1) Developing and mapping a spatially balanced and stratified master sample for the regions of the U.S. using a Generalized Random Tessellation Stratified sampling framework. Development of this sample could involve incorporation of cluster sample considerations to minimize travel among locations. Coordination of the sample design for the monarch butterfly with the North American Bat Monitoring Program will likely be essential.

2) Conducting power analyses for attributes collected according to the proposed sample design. Such analyses might examine tradeoffs between spatial intensity versus temporal intensity (e.g., sampling alternate years at a larger number of locations versus a smaller set of continuously sampled locations); consequences of cluster arrangements; and identification of the extent to which portions of the landscape are sufficiently sampled under presumed levels of spatial and temporal variability and proposed sample sizes.

3) Summarizing data from pilot monitoring activities to inform development and implementation of the proposed sample design.

4) Evaluating the potential for existing monarch butterfly monitoring programs, such as Monarch Larvae Monitoring Program and Journey North, to satisfy sampling of portions of the landscape and identify attributes needed to draw statistically robust inferences, once those data sources are embedded within the master sample.

Applicants should possess strong skills in sample design, the R programming language, and experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Experience modeling wildlife populations, understanding of Bayesian statistics, and experience working on large, collaborative research projects is also desirable.  Prior experience with monarch butterflies is preferred, but not a necessary condition for this position.

For more information and for submission of application, please see https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/444134800

Opportunity within the NCO: 
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Assistant Land Management Planner (Social Science Program Specialist/Natural Resource Specialist) GS-0101/0401-11 (Full Time - Permanent) Southwest Region – Tonto National Forest, Phoenix, Arizona

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Assistant Land Management Planner (Social Science Program Specialist/Natural Resource Specialist)

GS-0101/0401-11 (Full Time - Permanent)

Southwest Region – Tonto National Forest, Phoenix, Arizona

 

Please help us distribute this vacancy announcement for an Assistant Land Management Planner (GS-0101/0401-11) located at the Tonto National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Phoenix, AZ. The Tonto NF is revising its Land Management Plan (i.e. Forest Plan), and  as part of this effort, we are recruiting an Assistant Planner/Social Scientist/Natural Resource Specialist to be part of our core planning team.  This position is a unique opportunity to be involved in the revision effort under the new 2012 Planning Rule, helping to lead issues related to Designated Areas (including Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers), Socioeconomics, Ecology, and Recreation.  This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this opportunity and direct them to USAJobs to apply (link below). The vacancy announcement opens today Wednesday, July 6ththrough Monday, July 11th.

 

The Vacancy Announcement can be accessed through the following link:https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/443526700

 

For additional information, please feel free to contact Kenna Belsky, Forest Planner, at 602-225-5378.

Opportunity within the NCO: 
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One-year postdoc in phenology and climate change at Harvard

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The Wolkovich Lab is looking for a bright, motivated and collaborative postdoctoral researcher to join the lab for one year. The lab (see www.temporalecology.org) investigates a broad range of topics (e.g., plant phenology, local adaptation versus plasticity in plant functional traits, community assembly and coexistence, climate change impacts) using a variety of methods (field, growth chamber and greenhouse studies of plant phenology, meta-analyses, statistical and process-based phenological models, coexistence modeling and climate simulations).

The position would be based at the Arnold Arboretum (in Jamaica Plain) with an appointment in the Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Applicants must be able to spend most days at the Arboretum, while also visiting the main campus in Cambridge from time to time.

The ideal researcher will be both able to lead current projects and support ongoing work. Projects in the lab include: modeling phenology of winegrape varieties and projecting future winegrowing regions under climate change using GCMs, understanding how heat tolerance, drought tolerance and phenology are related across winegrape varieties, and understanding proximate and ultimate drivers of phenological triggers of a suite of northeastern forests and shrub species.

For more details and to apply, see http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7015

 

Opportunity within the NCO: 
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Mapping presence and predicting phenological status of invasive buffelgrass

Abstract: The increasing spread and abundance of an invasive perennial grass, buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare), represents a critical threat to the native vegetation communities of the Sonoran desert in southern Arizona, USA, where buffelgrass eradication is a high priority for resource managers. Herbicidal treatment of buffelgrass is most effective when the vegetation is actively growing, but the remoteness of infestations and the erratic timing and length of the species’ growth periods confound effective treatment.

USGS Ecologist, GS-0408-09/11 in Flagstaff, AZ

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USGS Ecologist, GS-0408-09/11 in Flagstaff, AZ

Job Overview

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About the Agency

*Are you a professional Ecologist looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have an interest in ecological restoration? *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking initiatives? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

Salary GS-09: $48,968 (Step 01) to $63,654 (Step 10); Salary GS-11: $59,246 (Step 1) to $77,019 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

Duties

As an Ecologist within the Soutwest Biological Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

- identify and help secure funding for the Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program (RAMPS)
- develop strategic plans for program development
- oversee the collection, management, and dissemination of data, such that the status and trends and outcomes of restoration treatments can be assessed
- prioritize development and maintenance of the RAMPS website

USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.

For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/telework.html.

Opportunity within the NCO: 
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Citizen Science and Engagement: Using Nature's Notebook as an Engagement Strategy

This talk was delivered to a group of educators in the Miami U Master's Program at the Phoenix Zoo.

Date: 
Sat, 06/18/2016
Number of Participants: 
25
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Director of Programs Position, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

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Position Announcement: 

Director of Programs Position, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

 

Schoodic Institute is excited to announce a great employment opportunity - a potential dream job for a scientist to live and work on the Schoodic Peninsula on the coast of Maine.  Our Director of Programs will help lead Schoodic Institute into Acadia National Park's second century.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing ecosystem science and learning for all ages. Schoodic Institute helps the National Park Service achieve the original vision for Acadia as a destination for science and inspiration. Through innovative programs and partnerships, the nonprofit Institute is a national and community catalyst and center for research and learning.

The Institute enriches the experiences of residents and visitors to the Acadia region. Building understanding and appreciation for the complexity of the natural world leads to stronger connections to nature and the environment we share. Engaging the public in science is rapidly advancing research and offers hope as we address complex challenges in a changing environment.

Primary Responsibility: Provide strategic leadership and direction for the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park program team. Lead the development of new programs and partnerships, seek funding to advance the mission of Schoodic Institute, and coordinate the activities of research and education staff. The Director of Programs will work closely with the President as a key member of the management team.

 

For a complete position description, and how to apply:  http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/about/employment-opportunities/director-programs-schoodic-institute-acadia-national-park/

Opportunity within the NCO: 
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