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'Timing is Everything: Phenology as a Tool for City Foresters' article in City Trees

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.

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Person of Interest: 
Theresa Crimmins, Dudley Hartel
Date: 
03/12/2014

"Why You Shouldn't Hope for an Early Spring" featuring NPN

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.

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0
Person of Interest: 
Jake Weltzin
Date: 
03/08/2014

Teachers Workshop at the Santa Rita Experimental Range

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.  

Date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014
PROSE: 
0

Visit to Haskell Indian Nations University - Afternoon Seminar

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.   

Date: 
Tue, 02/25/2014
Partner Organizations: 
PROSE: 
0

Center for Open Science - Developers

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Developers

Background

Develop exclusively free, open source software in the name of open science.

The Center for Open Science (http://centerforopenscience.org) is a funded non-profit startup looking for OSS developers who are passionate about modern web and API practices (and, ideally, science) with expertise across the web development stack. Open source has changed how software development works, and we want to apply the same principles to the sciences. Everything we develop is exclusively free and open source (http://github.com/CenterForOpenScience).

Core Technologies
  • Python
  • Micro-frameworks (e.g., Flask)
  • Git
  • Javascript
  • Javascript Frameworks (e.g., Knockout)
  • No-SQL Databases (e.g., MongoDB)
  • API development

We are much more concerned about collaboration, passion, and ability than the actual technologies you use. We believe that a great developer should be a great developer in any language. We focus on Python in that Python developers typically value readability and community, and we are missioned with connecting and educating the open science and open source communities. The Python community represents what an effective community should look like and has strong ties to the sciences. As long as your values are aligned with those, we want to hear from you.

Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Benefits

The Center for Open Science offers full time employees 401(k), health/dental/vision insurance, and 15 days of paid time off, in addition to a modern office space and other amenities.

Applying

The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Please send a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome. You can also see more on GitHub.

http://centerforopenscience.org/jobs/#developer

Opportunity within the NCO: 
No

Center for Open Science - Project Coordinator

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Project Coordinator

Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) develops tools to support the scientific workflow (i.e., Open Science Framework), fosters community standards and efforts for open practices, and conducts metascience research - science on scientific practices. We seek a project coordinator with extremely strong social and organizational skills to contribute to community and metascience efforts, and to help facilitate open science practices more broadly. This position is highly appropriate for individuals that are looking for full-time experience prior to attending graduate school in a scientific field.

Responsibilities

The key responsibilities for the coordinator position include fostering connections with the scientific community, communicating about COS initiatives, providing training and support for users of COS tools, and contributing to launch and management of new initiatives, maintaining project documentation, testing and quality control of new features, and tracking progress on project timelines and goals.

Skills

Extremely high social and communication skills; Exceptional organization and attention to detail; Ability to use web communication and documentation software effectively; Effective managerial skills with research assistants; Team-oriented; Very strong work ethic; Multi-tasking; Self-starter and industrious; Adaptivity to rapidly changing demands in a high performance workplace; background in scientific methodology (B.A./B.S. level at least); effective writing skills. Skills in programming and data analysis are a plus.

Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Benefits

The Center for Open Science offers full time employees 401(k), health/dental/vision insurance, and 15 days of paid time off, in addition to a modern office space and other amenities.

Applying

The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Please send a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome.

http://centerforopenscience.org/jobs/#coordinator

Opportunity within the NCO: 
No

Retreat Topics

Rate the topics below - 1 is highest priority, 2 is medium priority and 3 is low priority - in terms of what we do at the retreat.

Introduction to Phenology: How Nature's Notebook can help you understand habitats

Intro lecture delivered to a Introduction to Primatology Methods class. Includes background information on the importance of phenology to research in this field, as well as designing a scientific research question based upon observations made throughout the course. Follow up lecture will include viewing and analysis of the data.  

Date: 
Thu, 02/13/2014
PROSE: 
0

Nature's Notebook: How tracking phenology can benefit your everyday life

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.

Watch the webinar video

Date: 
Tue, 02/11/2014
PROSE: 
0

USA-NPN joins DataONE as a member node

USA-NPN becomes a DataONE Member Node, delivering phenology data from the Nature’s Notebook program collected at 2,000 sites across the United States from 2009 through 2012. The DataONE infrastructure will improve access to the data resources generated by USA-NPN, and contribute to a community effort to improve the standards and infrastructure supporting data access. 

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0
Date: 
02/03/2014

Jake Weltzin's Webinar for the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

USA-NPN Executive Director Jake Weltzin gave this webinar for the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, entitled "The USA National Phenology Network: Informing Science, Conservaton and Resource Management." 

Date: 
01/28/2014

Making meaning out of seasonal changes

This one-hour talk was presented at the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course for the Home Gardeners' Day. 

Date: 
Thu, 01/16/2014
Number of Participants: 
194
PROSE: 
0

Master Gardener Training Course, version 3

This 3 hour workshop was used as a content area for the Pima County, Arizona Master Gardener Training Program.  It provides an opening activity, 1.5 hour lecture about the relavence of phenology to gardening, including ecology, climate, historical data collection, and working examples of how phenology is used in a variety of Extension programs across the US.

Date: 
Tue, 01/21/2014
Number of Participants: 
40
Partner Organizations: 
PROSE: 
0

Jake Weltzin interviewed by WYPR

The USA National Phenology Network director, Jake Weltzin, was interviewed by WYPR on climate change.

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Nature's Notebook at Valle de Oro Webinar #2

During this check-in with Valle de Oro Nature's Notebook participants, we reviewed the initial visits made at the refuge, and discussed the issues that have come up in the first few weeks of monitoring. This included scheduling visits, finding sites on the refuge, data recording and entry, smartphone apps, and the request to have more face-to-face meetings. Erin Posthumus facilitated the meeting, and Jennifer Owen-White as well as 10 volunteers were present.

Webinar video

 

 

Date: 
Tue, 01/14/2014
Number of Participants: 
12
PROSE: 
0

What the heck is Phenology?

This two-hour activity and lecture was delivered to the Vail Garden Club in Vail, Arizona. 

Date: 
Wed, 01/08/2014
Number of Participants: 
21
Partner Organizations: 
PROSE: 
0

A Local Hero for Phenology

Cheyanna Washburn, a youth educator with the California Phenology Project, won a youth engagement award and is featured as a local hero in Bay Nature.

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Date: 
01/02/2014

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Making meaning out of science: Using Nature's Notebook to engage volunteers in exciting and relevant research

This presentation was given at the Galaxy IV Conference for Cooperative Extension. The results from a two year study are included. 

Date: 
Tue, 09/17/2013
PROSE: 
0

Phenologist Wins 2013 AGU Sulzman Award

The Biogeosciences Section of AGU will present the first Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring to Dr. Heidi Steltzer, of Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO. Dr.

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Date: 
12/04/2013

Blog post after NPN Phenology Docent Training

A blog post resulting from a Phenology Training held in Pheonix, AZ, Novemeber 23, 2013.  

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Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Phenology Trail Training

This workshop was an introduction to phenology and Nature's Notebook, an introduction to program design and development surrounding a science question that can be answered using phenology data, and an introduction to resources available to get started. 

Date: 
Sat, 11/23/2013
Number of Participants: 
35
PROSE: 
0

Tucson Phenology Trail Docent Training Resources

This 4 hour workshop was designed for volunteers who are interested in helping to create a sustainable phenology monitoring program at site, using Nature's Notebook.  The resources below include those that were handed out during the workshop and are available to be edited.  

Date: 
Sat, 11/16/2013
Number of Participants: 
23
PROSE: 
0

Nature's Notebook Results Webinar 2013: Why do scientists care so much about what's happening in your yard?

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?

View the 2013 Nature's Notebook results webinar video 

Date: 
Wed, 11/13/2013
Number of Participants: 
88
PROSE: 
0

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