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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.


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:

Register a legacy dataset

If you would like to share an historical or contemporary phenology dataset, you can add it to our legacy dataset registry. The registry maintains a list of datasets, permissions for sharing them, and information on how to access them. These datasets are searchable by taxonomic group, phenophase, format, and other relevant identifiers. This module allows valuable historical datasets that may otherwise be lost to be archived and made available for researchers and decision-makers to access.

Learn about data management and archiving in the National Phenology Database

The USA-NPN National Phenology Database can serve as the long-term archive for phenology data collected by members of partnering organizations. Several current USA-NPN partners, including the Arbor Day Foundation, Monarch Watch, and HoneyBeeNet, are housing phenology records in the National Phenology Database.

Sign up for our periodic updates from the USA-NPN National Coordinating Office

The USA-NPN NCO provides short phenology-related updates and interesting pieces in a bi-monthly newsletter to registered participants and partner contacts. Text from these newsletters may be repurposed for inclusion in your organization's newsletters. We can also provide text on topics including "what is phenology?", "what is the USA-NPN?", and "how can I participate?"

Add plant or animal species to the USA-NPN recommended species list

We used a rigorous process to develop the criteria to select the species that appear on the list of recommended species for Nature's Notebook. However, we are constantly adding species to our lists based on special needs of participating scientists and organizations.

Feature your content on the USA-NPN USA-NPN homepage and social media

The USA-NPN features news in the field of phenology on the USA-NPN homepage. We can post links to partner announcements and phenology-related efforts here.

USA-NPN National Coordinating Office staff frequently posts to Twitter (@TheresaCrimmins,
@LoriAnneBarnett. Patrners can follow us on Twitter and the USA-NPN NCO can include short phenology- related pieces from partner organizations in these postings.

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


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.


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. 

Thu, 06/25/2015
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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".  

Tue, 06/02/2015
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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.


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 In six episodes, middle school girls and their mentors participate in several citizen science projects, including Nature'sNotebook! Watch the Flower Power Episode


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!


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.

Fri, 03/27/2015

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.


Fri, 03/06/2015
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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. 

Tue, 02/17/2015
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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

Thu, 01/29/2015