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Informing intensity monitoring

Katie Jones, Ecologist at NEON, analyzed all USA-NPN intensity data (January 2012-June 2015), for concordance among observers looking at the same plant on the same day, in order to determine phenophase-specific quality control thresholds for NEON technicians' concordance in applying the same protocols. She tallied concordance for all observers together, as well as separated by skill level. Code and results available upon request.

Watch spring unfold across the US with new gridded maps from USA-NPN

Has spring arrived where you live? Our new maps using the Extended Spring Index models show spring is happening early on the Pacific Northwest coast and late in parts of the Southeast and Southwest. Watch spring unfold across the country

Date: 
02/19/2016

Citizen Science and Engagement: Using Nature's Notebook as an education engagement strategy

This talk was given as a guest lecture in blended learning course at Brandeis University taught by Colleen Hitchcock. It defines phenology, record keeping and citizen science as well as the USA-NPN and Nature's Notebook program. It also includes information on engaging students and volunteers in citizen science and Nature's Notebook and provides examples of how to establish a Nature's Notebook program in formal, informal and non-formal learning environments. 

Date: 
Thu, 02/11/2016
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An Introduction to Citizen Science

This is a short general overview of citizen science - its history and prevelance in modern peer-reviewed literature, and the value of citizen science to research.

Date: 
Tue, 02/09/2016
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Natural resource applications of the phenology data and information housed in the National Phenology Database

This presentation was given at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Widlife Society and American Fisheries Society chapters of Arizona and New Mexico. The presentation focuses on the natural resource applications of the phenology data and data products housed in the National Phenology Database

Date: 
Sat, 02/06/2016
Number of Participants: 
20
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You can now order USA-NPN and Nature's Notebook t-shirts and other products

Want to show your USA-NPN pride? You can now order products embroidered with the USA-NPN or Nature's Notebook logo, including T-shirts, Dress Shirts, Denim Shirts, Fleece Vests, Caps, Tote Bags and more. Orders may be placed through A Touch of Pride Custom Embroidery

Date: 
02/02/2016

Nature's Notebook in the Classroom and Field

This workshop was presented at the National Science Teachers Association - Regional Conference, Philadelphia. 

Date: 
Sat, 11/14/2015
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New NEON video on phenology observations from leaf to globe

new video from NEON Education explains how on-the-ground observations of leaf phenology, camera images and satellite data are integrated to understand phenology across the globe. USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook program is highlighted for its on-the-ground observations of plant phenology at sites across the country. 

Date: 
01/15/2016

NCTC Moving Friends Forward Training

This introductory session provided an overview of citizen science, including what defines a citizen scientist, the benefits of citizen science to both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and volunteer participants, and the usefulness of data collected by citizen scientists. Participants learned about programs that are currently being used, with a focus on the USA Nature Phenology Network’s Nature’s Notebook plant and animal phenology observation program as a case study.
Date: 
Fri, 01/22/2016
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Indigenous Phenology Working Group Nature's Notebook Presentation

This presentation included a discussion of engaging volunteers in tracking seasonal & long term environmental change using Nature's Notebook. It was a general overview of the program and how networks have formed across the US in response to research or management questions, historical records of interest, and community engagement.  

Date: 
Tue, 01/05/2016
Number of Participants: 
10
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Record high December temperatures result in unusual phenology

NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook talks about the disparity between a cold West and warm East this month, and what impact this weather has had on plants and animals across the country. Listen to the story.

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Date: 
12/17/2015

Nature's Notebook: Engaging volunteers in tracking seasonal & long-term environmental change

This one-hour talk was delivered to participants in the National Park Service, National Capital Region - Center for Urban Ecology as part of their monthly "Science Forum". It focuses on how to engage volunteers in long-term phenology monitoring through creating meaningful, sustainable, well-planned and timed programs. 

Date: 
Wed, 12/02/2015
Number of Participants: 
15
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Nature's exquisite timing: Using Nature's Notebook to track seasonal and long-term environmental change

 Some call it "nature's calendar" --phenology. On November 18, LoriAnne Barnett from the USA National Phenology Network (www.usanpn.org) presented to FODM and friends on phenology, nature's timing. "The study of recurring life cycle events in plants and animals is called phenology," says theNetwork. Some examples:

■  Warblers migrate through an area or raise their young when caterpillars emerge and become a major food source.

Date: 
Wed, 11/18/2015
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Researchers develop new method to evaluate citizen science data

Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have described a new workflow to identify inconsistencies in data collected by volunteers. The method, published in PLoS ONE, will increase the usability of these data. 

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University of Twente
Date: 
11/16/2015

Garlic Mustard

Appalachian Trail Conservancy is using Nature's Notebook data to estimate when garlic mustard will begin to grow in the spring, to target control effots.

Birds Eating Stuff (BESt)

[Placeholder] Ash berries, birds and insect monitoring

Targeted Monitoring Windows at Acadia

Acadia National Park is using both ground data on deciduous trees, forbs, birds and amphibians, and planning to use predictive models like the Spring Indices to allocate monitoring effort for both technicians and citizen science volunteers.

New study predicting permanent early spring uses USA-NPN's Spring Indices

Researchers at UW Madison are predicting that early springs could become permanent in the face of climate change. The study uses the Extended Spring Indices, which were created based on historic cloned lilac data housed in the National Phenology Database. Implications of early springs include mismatch between animals and the plants on which they depend, as well as "false springs" that may cause extensive damange to plant growth inlcuding agricultural crops. 

Date: 
10/14/2015

Sam Hughes Elementary School Introduction to Nature's Notebook

This introduction to phenology monitoring in the classroom was presented to elementary school teachers at the Sam Hughes Elementary School in Tucson (grades K-5).  You will find some helpful getting started and curricula resources below. All of the resources can be found by searching the main Nature's Notebook Curriculum page: https://www.usanpn.org/educate/nn_curriculum

Date: 
Fri, 10/09/2015
Number of Participants: 
15
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Federal Citizen Science Toolkit highlighting Nature's Notebook featured on USGS's Top Story

The USGS's Science Features Top Story gives a compilation of resources and links related to the release of the Federal Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science Toolkit, the memo on the Toolkit from Jon Holdren, press covereage, and more. Top Story also focuses on the USGS use cases, including the USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook plant and animal observaiton program.

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USGS
Date: 
09/30/2015

Nature's Notebook Workshop - PhenoWeek 2015. Workshop 1

This workshop was the first in a series of two held during the PhenoWeek 2015 Celebration. Objectives include: 

Date: 
Fri, 09/25/2015
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Teens in the Garden at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

The Teens in the Garden program at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona is a once a month program designed for teen volunteers. In addition to volunteering their time at the garden, learning and helping with garden tasks such as planting, horticulture, and staffing docent stations, the teens participated in Nature's Notebook by contributing observations to the database every time they met.

Date: 
Sat, 09/19/2015
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North American Bird Phenology: Program Coordinator Position

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North American Bird Phenology: Program Coordinator Position

Overview
The North American Bird Phenology Program houses a unique and largely forgotten collection of millions of migration observation cards that illuminate migration patterns and population status of birds in North America. These handwritten cards contain almost all of what was known of bird status from the Second World War back to the later part of the 19th
century. The bulk of the records are the result of a network of observers who recorded migration arrival dates in the spring and fall that, in its heyday, involved well over 3,000 participants.

On each record, participants recorded their name, locality, and year, along with arrival and departure dates, date of abundance, and if it was a common species to that location. Many field report files are also found among the records which include more detailed information including species behavior, habitat, and a description of the sighting. The records are cataloged by species and locality, totaling approximately 900 species of birds ranging across North America. Many of the records have been scanned and displayed online where a network of volunteers transcribe each record. A custom-built system validates transcribed records. Once validated, all data are released to the general public and scientific community.

The information from this analysis provides critical information on bird distribution, migration timing, and migration pathways. There is no other program that has the depth of information that can help us understand the effect that global climate change has on bird populations across the country.

The work outlined here will support the management of the North American Bird Phenology Program.

Key Responsibilities
The contractor will support the needs of the North American Bird Phenology at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center with an understanding of general research, scientific, and data management principles. The contractor will support the online volunteer network to effectively transcribe and edit BPP records. The contractor will edit, assemble, and interpret data collections; check records for scientific and taxonomic accuracy, manage the BPP website and database, and work with researchers to access records. The contractor will perform and initiate investigative research activities in an effort to understand, model, predict and preserve various in-house and collaborative research studies in relation to the BPP data.

Technical Requirements

  • Access to Information and Data
  • Provide access to BPP data through the current BPP website
  • Maintain webpages on BPP website, transcription screen, and training materials for volunteers
  • Provide volunteers with monthly E-Newsletter with updated program information
  • Manage and Populate database
  • Complete database QA/QC to maintain high degree of data quality
  • Transcribe and verify additional datasets associated to BPP; incorporate it into the BPP database
  • Support the use of BPP data in scientific papers
  • Answer requests for data and work with scientist to understand and interpret BPP data
  • Work with collaborating scientists to prepare scientific papers for publication
  • Recruit and Manage Online and Office Participants
  • Recruit new participants through listserves, presentations, and social media
  • Provide training and guidance to online participants
  • Manage office volunteers by providing projects, training, and oversight

Qualifications

  • B.S. or M.S. in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science or
  • a related field or equivalent work experience
  • Strong data manipulation, management and QA/QC skills and attention
  • to detail
  • Good writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse audiences;  experience working with
  • volunteers
  • Specific knowledge and experience in ornithology is preferred
  • Ability to work in SQL Server is preferred

Place of Performance
Data will come from existing databases and other sources.  Analysis will be
completed at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland.

If interested, please send resume and cover letter to: Jessica Zelt,  jzelt@usgs.gov

Opportunity within the NCO: 
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USA-NPN highlighted in PBS's KQED blog

USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook was recently featured in a blog post from San Francisco's KQED, a member station of PBS.

Date: 
08/03/2015

Stay abreast of phenology-related funding opportunites or request a letter of support

Track phenology-friendly grants and key deadlines using the USA-NPN Funding Opportunities tool.

As appropriate, the National Coordinating Office of the USA-NPN can provide letters of support for grant proposals incorporating phenology data collection and efforts aligned with the USA-NPN Mission.

Learn about our web service allowing data entry from your website

Our web services allow participants in partners' programs to contribute data to Nature's Notebook without leaving the partner's website. A partner develops a user interface on the partner website which uses the USA-NPN web service to direct the data to the National Phenology Database. The web service offers the following functions:

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