USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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Participants in Cooperative Extension programs, including Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists and natural resource Extension professionals are collecting phenology observations using Nature's Notebook.

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The USA-NPN and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are working together, primarily through the DataONE effort, to build a community of practice for public participation in scientific research (PPSR) projects and to develop best practices for data management in PPSR projects.

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CRLS is a public high school using Nature's Notebook to engage students in collecting data as well as analyzing the existing Natures Notebook data online as part of project-based learning in Biology classes.

The Crystal Cove Alliance Phenology Project is using Nature's Notebook for their phenology observations. 

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California State University, Chico Department of Science Education is using Nature's Notebook in their CSU Chico NSCI 142 (Concepts in Life Sciences) course with mostly liberal studies undergraduates students who are going into the teacher credentialing program. Most have had negative experiences in science, and instructor Dr. Anne Stephens has found using Citizen Science is a way to engage students and give them ideas about how to teach science to their future students.  Students will be making weekly observations throughout the semester observing riparian species along Big Chico Creek (that flows through campus).

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's primary purpose in creating a phenology 'walk' is outreach and engagement of our school groups, volunteers and Garden guests. Through community engagement, visitors will select visitation of spaces underutilized while making connections in nature. School groups will learn about phenology, make 'big picture' connections and potentially begin the journey of becoming citizen scientists.
Their science question is broad-based yet relevant enough to the general Garden audience.
"How do changes in season affect native plant species over time?"
Twenty-five select tree, fern and wildflower plots have been identified for observation in the Garden in Belmont, NC, on the existing Persimmon Trail, easily accessible to all participants making observations. 

The USA-NPN is one of 17 Member Nodes currently participating in DataONE. 

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Denver Botanic Gardens raises awareness of phenology and climate change through their on-site programs for visitors, rare plant monitoring, and herbarium collections. Staff at Denver Botanic Gardens also collect plant phenology observations as part of Nature’s Notebook.

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Des Moines Area Community College- Urban will be using Nature's Notebook as a tool for students in Field Ecology courses. The campus has been collecting phenological data for years, but with nowhere to share it. Their use of Nature's Notebook allows student and staff to participate in the collection of a larger body of scientific data.  Students and instructors will be monitoring a wide variety of prairie species, both plants and animals, at several local sites.