USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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Download, visualize, and create graphics of your phenology data

Customizable phenology calendars appear right on your Observation Deck, which is your go-to place for setting up observation sites and selecting species to monitor. Calendars can be downloaded and shared with your group members.  
 

Download Nature's Notebook curriculum and training materials or request a training

Nature’s Notebook offers opportunities for place-based, hands-on learning, provides a collaborative platform for site-based educators, promotes cross-subject engagement while addressing standards of learning, and can be used to identify and answer local scientific research questions addressed by many natural resource, volunteer and gardening groups.
 

Download communications materials, logos, and editable sign templates

The USA-NPN offers several types of communication and outreach materials, including fact sheets, information sheets, brochures, and posters. You are welcome to modify these materials to suit your program and to include your program's logo, as appropriate.

We can also work with a partnering organization to add information on phenology, the USA NPN, and  Nature's Notebook to your materials, as appropriate.

Intervale Lowlands Preserve

Intervale Lowlands Preserve is part of the New York Phenology Project. The Preserve is using Nature's Notebook to record phenology information that they will use to inform their management decisions.

Various internships and locations with Point Blue

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At Point Blue, we advance the conservation of birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through science, partnerships and outreach.

We do research, provide management guidance, lead field science training programs, and deliver science education to inspire the next generation of conservationists.
    
Point Blue’s 140 staff members and seasonal scientists work from the Sierra to the sea and as far away as Antarctica to reduce the negative impacts of climate change, habitat degradation, pollution and other stressors on wildlife and people, all while preparing for the changes—and challenges—ahead.

In all of our work, we take a climate-smart conservation approach, partnering with wildlife and habitat management agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, private landowners, fisheries and others so that we can more effectively leverage our findings and expertise to improve the health of our planet.

Internship Opportunities with Point Blue in multiple locations

 

 

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USA-NPN's Spring Indices Featured on new Whenology website

The USA-NPN's Gridded Spring Indices, developed in partnership with Cornell University using long-term lilac data from the National Phenology Databse, are highlighted in the new website Whenology. The website uses dynamic visualizations to show how the timing of plant and animal phenology is changing.

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07/10/2015

Teachers On The Estuary Summer 2015 Workshop - Nature's Notebook

This presentation was given to teachers participating in the Teachers on the Estuary program sponsored by the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. It was part of a 4-day training designed to engage eachers in stewardship, citizen science, and the natural world. 

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Thu, 06/25/2015
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25
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SciGirls CONNECT Monthly Webinar

Title: Nature's Rhythms: Understanding seasonal and long-term changes around us through PHENOLOGY

This webinar was delivered to the SciGirls CONNECT audience and is meant to accompany the Nature's Notebook activity in the SciGirls Activity Guide for Season 3. The Nature's Notebook Episode is entitled "Flower Power".  

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Tue, 06/02/2015
Number of Participants: 
20
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“Start of Spring” among 14 indicators released by USGCRP

The US Global Change and Research Program released the first 14 indicators of climate change on Wednesday, May 5, 2015. Among these is the Start of Spring indicator, which reflects the accumulation of heat sufficient to initiate leafing and flowering in temperature-sensitive plants.

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05/05/2015

Nature's Notebook featured on PBS's SciGirls

A brand-new season of the Emmy-winning show, SciGirls, debuts on PBS KIDS and online at pbskids.org/scigirls. In six episodes, middle school girls and their mentors participate in several citizen science projects, including Nature'sNotebook! Watch the Flower Power Episode

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04/23/2015

Five dysfunctions assessment

Using the scale below, indicate how each statement applies to the your team. Please briefly evaluate the statements without over-thinking your answers.

3 = Usually               2 = Sometimes              1 = Rarely

USA-NPN Awarded the Shoemaker Award for Communication Products Excellence

The USA-NPN website has been awarded the External Communications award in the "Internet Product Category" by the US Geological Survey. The award commends the design, layout and depth of information displayed by our website. We are honored to receive this award!

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03/25/2015

The rhythm of seasonal change: Garden observations

This one hour intro to phenology and phenophase defintions in Nature's Notebook was presented to the gardeners at the Siouxland Garden Show in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Fri, 03/27/2015
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US Fish and Wildlife Service Region 3 Staff and Volunteer Workshops

This series of workshops was held at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge on March 6th and 7th, 2015.  The purpose of these workshops was to introduce staff and volunteers to phenology monitoring for science and outreach, learn how to use Nature's Notebook, and to develop research questions of value to regional managment needs.

March 6th's audience included Visitor Services and Science/Monitoring staff. March 7th's audience included volunteers from a variety of schools, nature centers, the zoo, and Minnesota Master Naturalist Chapters.

 

Date: 
Fri, 03/06/2015
Number of Participants: 
45
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Central Arizona Phenology Trail Workshop & Master Gardener Lecture

Two 3 hour workshops and a 1 hour evening lecture were presented to a group of volunteers in Central Arizona, in support of the newly forming Central Arizona Phenology Trail. Workshop resources and educational content delivered is posted below. 

Date: 
Tue, 02/17/2015
Number of Participants: 
60
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Introduction to Phenology and Nature's Notebook for Middle School

Use this Introductory Content with Middle School students as a primer for participating in a semester-long Nature's Notebook observation project. The students will make observations in their outdoor classroom once a week for the semester, and work on phenology as a topic twice a week.

The activities and lessons were done in the order appearing below. 

Class 1: 60 minutes

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Thu, 01/29/2015
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USA-NPN citizen science highlighted by the White House OSTP

White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy recently highlighted the USA-NPN for facilitating broader participation of the public in the scientific process. The article highlights some of our milestones from last year. 
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01/14/2015

Short-Term Prediction of Fall Foliage Coloration from VIIRS Data created by Xiaoyang Zhang (STAR, SDSU) and Bob Yu (STAR/SMCD/EMB)

Xiaoyang Zhang (formerly at STAR and currently at South Dakota State University) and Bob Yu (STAR/SMCD/EMB) have developed a new method to monitor and predict short-term fall foliage coloration using the VIIRS daily vegetation index. Developed with the support of the JPSS Proving Ground and Risk Reduction Program, the new system currently monitors foliage development across the United States every 3 days and further makes prediction to 10 days ahead.

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10/15/2014

USA-NPN Featured in White House Fact Sheet on Climate Education and Literacy Initiative

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is launching a new Climate Eduation and Literacy Initiative to connect the public to the best-available, scienced based information about climate change. This new Fact Sheet explains the committments made by Federal agencies and other groups, and highlights the USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook program and the near-real-time phenology predictions we will provide our observers next year. 

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12/03/2014

Suggestions for Resources

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Be a scientist! Bring biology to life through Citizen Science

This presentation was delivered at the 2014 National Science Teacher's Association Area Conference in Richmond, Virginia. 

Date: 
Sat, 10/18/2014
Number of Participants: 
17
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Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Valle de Oro has been selected as a pilot for phenology monitoring using Nature's Notebook. Phenology monitoring will be used to: -Track the ecological condition of plants and animals and their response to environmental and climatic change. -Engage a variety of groups around the Albuquerque area.

ESA Educator's Conference 2014

This 30 minute presentation was given at the Ecological Society of America's Life Discovery Conference for Biology Educators. The presentation covered why phenology is useful as a tool for science inquiry, a background on Nature's Notebook, the USA-NPN resources available for teachers, and examples of ways Nature's Notebook has been implemented by high school and undergraduate instructors. 

Date: 
Sat, 10/04/2014
Number of Participants: 
25
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