USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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AAFC-CEF-Building 49 is using Nature's Notebook to observe the trees around our workplace at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, ON in order to contribute to citizen science project and engage volunteers. The group will consist of science researchers, sometimes including botanists, bioinformatics, and genomics researchers and will also have summer students and volunteers help out.

The Garden is using Nature's Notebook to monitor phenology of native and invasive species in their Cottonwood Gallery. The Garden is part of the Rio Grande Phenology Trail.

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The Center is using Nature's Notebook to engage volunteers and community members in phenology monitoring.

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Members of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and hikers along the Appalachian Trail are monitoring flowering times of alpine and woodland plants along the famous trail. AMC is also contributing to the development of plant phenology protocols for the northeastern US.

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy volunteers track plant phenology at sites on and around the Appalachian Trail.

Arbor Day Foundation members are monitoring phenological development in six species of woody plants. These observations will be archived in the national phenology database maintained by the USA-NPN.

Nature Log data collection form being used by Arbor Day Foundation members.

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Subgroup of the Tucson Phenology Trail, interested in engaging partners and school groups at their sites.

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The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is collecting phenology data using Nature's Notebook and has also shared a 30-year flowering phenology dataset with the USA-NPN.
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Two phenology efforts are ongoing at the Arnold, including the Native and Indicator Observation Program and the Tree Spotters program. 

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Partner's Impact Statement:
Lizzie Wolkovich, Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, launched the Arnold Arboretum Tree Spotters program pilot in 2015. Her research explores how climate and community assembly may explain and forecast plant phenology, which is strongly linked to climate and can be easily observed. Lizzie is interested in engaging citizen scientists to collect phenology data to support her research. From 3/25/15 – 3/26/17: Trained 238 volunteers to make/record observations in Nature’s Notebook (68,651 observations to date); offered 33 training classes (28 for new Tree Spotters and 5 refresher classes for returning volunteers), 22 opportunities for volunteers to meet with researchers on the grounds, and 6 educational sessions (also open to the public); held 3 social events. Staff: research assistants/graduate students/interns and a volunteer. Forty-three volunteers have participated actively in the program (making multiple observations and/or collaborating on special projects). We have also engaged the general public via our educational sessions. We have an active social media presence (Facebook, Flickr, Twitter), a monthly eNewsletter, a website, and a volunteer database. As a result of the success of this pilot, the Arboretum is now looking for funding to ensure that the program will continue.