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Students use Nature's Notebook to make phenology observations. 

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Undergraduate ecology class is using Nature's Notebook.

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SUNY Geneseo is a part of the New York Phenology Project reporting data on phenology in their campus Spencer J. Roemer Arboretum, including documenting differences in phenology between the native and invasive shrubs. Ultimately they plan to create a phenology trail that includes other sites on campus and in the village. Students and community volunteers are collecting the records starting with monitoring Amur honeysuckle and gray dogwood, but plan to expand to other invasive shrubs and native trees and may eventually include some perennial wildflowers as well.

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Students in General Biology lab use Nature's Notebook for individual monitoring projects. 

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Nature's Notebook is being used to run an annual phenology lab associated with a Conservation Biology course at Swarthmore College. The aim is to have students learn about phenology, and contribute to the creation of a longitudinal phenology dataset. Eventually, the desire is to create a phenology trail, with integration with the broader Swarthmore community.  There are a series of permanent plots of woody vegetation in a large (200 acre) protected woodland frequently used for research activities on campus. The focus will mainly be on trees, and will be using a georeferenced list to work from.

Teaching Change Program is engaging student volunteers with the guidance of staff to use Nature's Notebook for looking at how the phenophases of native trees of Hawai'i respond to changes in climate via the continual collection of data.

Texas Woman's University in Denton will be using Nature's Notebook as a civic engagement assignment used by students enrolled in many different courses across campus on a variety of species.

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Undergraduate students in an introductory biology course at Trinity University BIOL 1111 are using Nature's Notebook to begin using early-season phenological studies to help students learn to make close observations of plants on a regular basis.  This is a skill-development exercise that is designed to have students in the field as early as possible spring semester, and in Texas can be as early as January and February, and prepare them for experimental/manipulative studies on pollination syndromes and monarch butterflies. The species being observed are the following: live oak, cedar elm, red bud, Texas mountain laurel, Texas bluebonnets. 

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The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center uses a phenology program in its native plant demonstration garden. Students and visitors collect phenology observations for Nature’s Notebook while learning about the biology of plants and the effects of climate change on the local ecology.

Hopland Research and Extension Center is a part of University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. They are interested in comparing their findings to climate data and building connections with our California Naturalist graduates and volunteers and local wildlife species. They are using Nature's Notebook to observe several species including: California buckeye, coyote brush, blue elderberry, toyon, oregon oak, buckeye, chamise, sticky monkey flower, bay laurel, blue oak.