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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. 
Date: 
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.

Date: 
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. 

Date: 
12/03/2014

Suggestions for Resources

Do you have any suggestions for Nature's Notebook curriculum resources to be developed?

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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Is this the end of autumn as we know it?

Story on the BBC entitled "Is this the end of autumn as we know it?" features phenology data from the USA National Phenology Network.

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Date: 
10/02/2014

2014 Phenology Days Celebration in Tucson

Below you will find links to the presentations given during Phenology Week in our lecture series and workshops.  

Date: 
Sat, 09/27/2014
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Join us for Phenology Week 2014

Join the USA-NPN and Partners along the Tucson Phenology Trail to learn about local PHENOLOGY while having fun exploring phenology walks around town. Meet local phenology leaders, learn about our citizen science program, Nature’s Notebook, and see how to get involved. View the schedule of activities. Or, host your own Phenology Week activities in your area!

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Date: 
09/15/2014
Location: 
Tucson, Arizona

Sample Master Naturalist Workshop

Here you will find information for creating a phenology course to be used during a Master Naturalist Training Program. Many Master Naturalist Chapters utilize a 40-hour classroom lecture component with 20-40 hours in the field for certification.  The content for this phenology course can be presented in a 2-3 hour lecture/hands-on class, and 2-3 hours outside of the classroom completing data collection for a class assignment.  You may find that it might take you more or less time to cover the material contained in this example, which is fine.

Date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014
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Gila County Master Watershed Steward Class

This class was presented as a topical area in the Gila County Master Watershed Steward Class.  Content includes an introduction to ecosystems and phenology, an overview of the USA-NPN and Nature's Notebook, and how collecting observations in a watershed can provide information about the health of your watershed. 

Date: 
Thu, 09/04/2014
Number of Participants: 
16
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Rio Grande Phenology Trail Nature's Notebook Training

This workshop was hosted by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and presented by Education Director Mollie Parsons and ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden Education Coordinator Tallie Segel.

The purpose of the workshop was to give an introduction on the goals of the Rio Grande Phenology Trail, the applications of phenology, and how to use Nature's Notebook in the field. A desired outcome of the workshop is that participants would monitor at one of 3 exiting Nature's Notebook sites (the 2 Botanic Gardens as well as Valle de Oro NWR) or set up a new site along the Rio Grande.

Date: 
Thu, 07/17/2014
Number of Participants: 
15
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Acorn forecast supports bear management

Oak phenology monitoring in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park informed bear management.

Making sense out of seasonal changes in your garden: A scientific spin on Garden Journaling

As a gardener you've probably notices leaf-out, bloom-time, pest emergence, and pollinator visitation at specific times, related to seasons and environmental conditions.  Believe it or not, these events are important to follow, and are critical to scientists to better understand how plants and animals respond to environmental change.

Date: 
Sat, 06/28/2014
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STEMAZing Teacher's Professional Development Workshop

This 4-hour teacher training workshop provides an overview to phenology, ecology, climate, and the USA-NPN.  Teachers were to come prepared, or do as a homework assignment, a review of the Nature's Notebook website so they were ready for discussion about how to set up a site at their school, how to select species to monitor, and get students ready to go outside.  This workshop was funded by the Office of the Superintendent of Pima County, Arizona, and was held in partnership with our friends at Arizona Project WET.

Date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014
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Using Volunteers to Engage in Relevant Research

This 20 minute talk was presented to the USFS Region 9/NPN Phenology Working Group on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. 

Date: 
Tue, 06/10/2014
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SciStarter posts blog on getting involved with Nature's Notebook

SciStarter has written a blog post on how individuals can getting involved with Nature's Notebook. The post helps explain the concept of phenology and why Citizen Scientests are needed to observe phenological changes around the country.

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Date: 
06/23/2014

Getting started with Nature's Notebook on your National Wildlife Refuge

We discuss how you can use Nature's Notebook to meet management and outreach objectives. We demonstrate how to get started with Nature's Notebook, how to associate yourself with the USFWS group, and highlight our pilot program at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge as an example of how phenology monitoring may be conducted.

Watch the webinar recording 

Date: 
Thu, 05/15/2014
Number of Participants: 
28
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Tucson Audubon Society, Tracking Seasonal Changes

Southeast Arizona experiences unique changes throughout the seasons. What are your favorite seasonal hallmarks? Hummingbirds at your backyard feeder in winter? Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from bridges on summer evenings? Monsoon wildflowers? Have you noticed how these events change with local weather and annual climate?
Date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014
Number of Participants: 
30
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How tracking phenology can meet your science and outreach goals - Webinar 3

Learn the steps to create a phenology program at your site, from creating a science question, choosing plants and animals to monitor, to data entry and download.

Date: 
Tue, 03/11/2014
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How tracking phenology can benefit your everyday life - Webinar 1, 2014

People have used phenology for thousands of years to guide their actions, from knowing when to hunt, plant, and harvest, to deciding when to watch for pests. These seasonal events can be equally useful to us in our everday lives. Learn how phenology, the study of life cycle events in plants and animals, can benefit you in many ways - from helping you learn about the natural world to honing your observation skills.

Date: 
Tue, 02/11/2014
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