USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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Using Nature's Notebook for a project with students. 

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Dr. Mark D. Schwartz of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) leads the long-running research program based on a network of cloned lilacs and is the Principal Investigator of the Research Coordination Network grant. In addition, Dr. Schwartz and UWM have contributed greatly to the development of the USA-NPN program and to coordinating activities related to the USA-NPN.

University of Wisconsin - Platteville is using Nature's Notebook to explore phenology

Using Nature's Notebook in an undergraduate Biogeography course. 

Students in 7-8th grade science are using Nature's Notebook

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Vassar College, as a part of the New York Phenology Project, is located on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, is currently part of the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance (EMMA) that seeks to conduct replicated monitoring across a spatial gradient. Phenology observations are one such monitoring program installed to help address regional changes. Further, our phenology trail is part of a citizen science endeavor in our outreach program for the Vassar Conservation and Environmental Engagement Cooperative. They have an established phenology trail on Vassar College's ecological preserve. The species being monitored include Eastern Red Cedar, Northern Red Oak, White Ash, Northern Spicebush, Flowering Dogwood, Red Maple, Jewelweed, Common Yarrow, and Common Milkweed.

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Wabash College Ecology is using Nature's Notebook to assist in familiarizing students with topic of phenology and strengthening their observation and natural history skills.  Observations will be completed by college students in an Ecology course every fall and in an Advanced Ecology course every other spring.  Species observed will be located at and around the Wabash College Arboretum and the most likely species being monitored include: sugar maple, American beech, red oak, tulip poplar and considering some of the common songbirds on campus.

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Wellesley College Horticulture is using Nature's Notebook to record phenology observations. 

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Students make phenology observations in a native plants garden.

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Students in freshman botany class observe fall color change. 

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