USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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Multiple K-8 schools in the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District are using Nature's Notebook

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has provided significant collaboration to develop the cyberinfrastructure and information management system for the USA-NPN. ORNL continues to work with USA-NPN and the USGS to enhance the database and data model functionality. An ORNL Laboratory-Directed Research and Development grant to the Environmental Sciences Division funded this work in part.

Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve (Old Woman Creek NERR) has an established citizen science program, and is now using Nature's Notebook hoping to draw phenological correlations between species activity and climate. The group has been monitoring bald eagle, salamander, marsh bird, and frog & toads and will begin song bird monitoring as well. They are a federal research reserve (under NOAA), operated under the state of Ohio's Department of Natural Resources.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park has created a group-SERC Pheno Walk- to engage volunteers, community members, school groups in extending a study of bird-fruit-insect mismatch while observing mountain ash, mountain holly, huckleberry, blueberry, wild raisin, bayberry, and winterberry.

The USA National Phenology Network and the GLOBE program are working together to engage teachers and students in tracking the phenology of plants and animals around the globe. This fall,  dozens of schools will plant cloned lilacs and report observations of lilac phenology to Nature’s Notebook, thereby contributing to a record of cloned lilac observations that spans seven decades.

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Union Village Dam is using Nature's Notebook to continue their lilac monitoring program.

The US Environmental Protection Agency provided support for a USA-NPN planning and implementation workshop.

In response to the Strategic Plan for Climate Change and the proposed Action Plan for Climate Change, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) is collaborating with the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) and its online phenology monitoring program, Nature’s Notebook, to monitor phenology throughout the Refuge System. The organizations share common goals of understanding and communicating patterns in the phenology of plants, animals, and landscapes, especially in response to climate change. 

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US Forest Service (USFS) Research and Development is working with USA-NPN to develop plant phenology observation protocols for USFS Experimental Forest and Range Network sites. USFS R&D is also developing education and outreach opportunities centered on phenology, with the intent to get kids into the woods. The US Forest Service provided support for a USA-NPN planning and implementation workshop.

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The Executive Director for the National Phenology Network is a United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientist. The USGS provides base stable support for the USA-NPN National Coordinating Office and continues to provide substantial programmatic support for the development of education and outreach opportunities, cyberinfrastructure, and other activities. The USGS also provided support for a USA-NPN planning and implementation workshop.

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