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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
In this presentation, Jake will provides an overview of the network structure and operations, describes several types of research and management questions that can be addressed with this observing system and the resultant data, and highlights several ongoing local- to national-scale projects focused on understanding spatial and temporal patterns of phenology for a variety of applications. His presentation also touches upon several ways the USA-NPN connects to the broader scientific community, including the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the DOI Climate Sci
Docents at the New York Botanical Garden participated in this webinar on the importance of phenology data, the results at the garden so far, some specifics on using Nature's Notebook and got some answers to their tricky phenophase questions.
This contains materials exhibited at the USA-NPN Booth at the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books, located in Science City - Science of the Natural World, March 15-16. The booth was staffed by two NPN personnel from 9am til 5:30pm. All audiences were in attendance, but the focus was primarily youths, aged 2-13, although we encourged participation from all.
In this article in City Trees, authors Theresa Crimmins and Dudley Hartel discuss how city foresters can use Nature's Notebook to inform when to schedule management activities, identify problems in early stages, support reserach, and engage others.
Ensia is an online and print magazine showcasing solutions to the Earth's biggest environmental challenges. Their readers include environmental leaders and decision makers around the world as well as researchers and scientists and the public. They have posted a story "Why You Shouldn't Hope for an Early Spring" quoting the National Phenology Network director, Jake Weltzin, and NPN data.
2 hour presentation as a part of a Teachers Workshop at the SRER. Introduction to Nature's Notebook and phenology as well as resources to plan a program. Activity ideas and worksheets from the workshop are below. Other resources can be found on our Education Page, www.usanpn.org/educate/nn_curriculum. For example, here is a journaling activity. Please feel free to use the slides from the presentation.
This presentation was given to the phenology trail implementation group, led by Dr. Dan Wildcat, at Haskell Indian Nations Univerisity. The group will be creating a phenology walk and trail in Lawrence, Kansas.
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