Spring of 2012 arrived remarkably early in much of the U.S... but what about 2013? What do those observations that you've been diligently collecting and reporting in your yard say about this year? How are scientists and decision-makers using these observations?
In this webinar for the phenology monitoring volunteers at Valle de Oro, we demonstrated how to create a Nature's Notebook account, the kinds of questions we will be answering at Valle de Oro, and how to make a site visit and enter observation data into Nature's Notebook.
This 2 hour workshop was for the docent training program at the Botanical Garden. The goal was to introduce the topic of long-term observation, Nature's Notebook as a resource, and to develop a plan for a "phenology education program" at the garden. The activity provided facilitated discussion about what "activities" might become part of a phenology education program, how Nature's Notebook might be used for participation, and what the outcomes of that type of program might be.
This presentation discusses why phenology is relevant for Master Naturalists, and how Nature's Notebook can be incorporated into Master Naturalist curriculum and as a project for individual volunteers. It also describes the resources we have available for state coordinators and Master Naturalist instructors. We have also included a Phenology Outline for Master Naturalists, that can be used as a guide for creating course content that incorporates phenology.
This information session was given to volunteers in Albuquerque representing Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Rio Grande Nature Center, and the Zoo. The session included an overview of phenology, USA-NPN and Nature's Notebook, and discussed the ways that volunteers would be needed at Valle de Oro Natonal Wildlife Refuge. Valle de Oro is our pilot project for implementaton of Nature's Notebook on National Wildlife Refuges across the country.
This presentation was delivered at the 2013 American Society for Horticulture Science annual conference. It provides information from a case study using Master Gardeners engaged in monitoring phenology as part of their 50 hour training course over two years.
This 45-minute presentation is useful for introducing the topic of phenology to a middle school classroom, in conjunction with starting a long-term monitoring project for the school. The teacher assigned the students, as homework, an activity (similar to this KWL exercise) to review the website before coming to class. When in class, the teacher compiled the list of questions the students generated after reviewing the content.
This 2.0 hour workshop was presented as part of the "Teens in the Garden Program" at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ. It covers the introduction to ecology, climate and biodiversity, phenology monitoring, and careers and internships in the field of phenology. It was also an introduction to the Nature's Notebook monitoring project which will be on going at the Desert Botanical Garden. The teens are collecting observations monthly as they participate in the program during the 2013-2014 school year.
This 1.5 hour lecture was presented as a course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Green Valley, Arizona. It is a basic introduction to the concepts of observation, climate, ecology, phenology, and the USA National Phenology Network.