USA NPN National Phenology Network

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Vashon Nature Center Phenology Study uses Nature's notebook to answer some local phenology questions and to engage the community and schools in paying closer attention to the flow of the natural world around them. They have VNC staff, citizen science volunteers, and school groups monitoring at a school study forest site and will later expand to different parks, preserves, and individual private properties throughout the island. Some of the species monitored are: Anna's hummingbirds, purple martin, evergreen huckleberry, big-leaf maple, coho and chum salmon, salal, thatching ants, pacific chorus frogs, bullfrogs, rough-skinned newts, barnacles.

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Staff at the Walker Nature Center in Reston, Virginia are using Nature's Notebook to begin tracking the phenology of native plants on their site and some key wildlife species migration, egg laying etc. Initially intended for site interest but may be interested in public outreach and engagement as well. Starting observations with a few native plants including a cloned Appalachian Spring Dogwood and a few animals such as wood frogs, American toads, and migratory birds such as the wood thrush.

Using Nature's Notebook as part of a citizen science program. 

Part of the New York Phenology Project. 

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The Watershed Management Group has a goal is to establish a long-term monitoring project designed to understand interactions and responses between plants, animals, and climate in an urban environment. This data will be made available to the public to provide knowledge and promote understanding of these interactions and responses. Primarily staff members and volunteers associated with WMG will be monitoring both plant and animal species on the Living Lab and Learning Center at the Watershed Management Group property.

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This Preserve in Prescott, Arizona is using Nature's Notebook to record phenology observaitons.

The Western Hummingbird Partnership is collecting bird and plant phenology observations using USA-NPN protocols across the western United States.

Weymouth Woods is working to get park visitors more involved and help them learn about the seasonal changes taking place in the park through hands-on activity, like entering data into Nature's Notebook.  Staff, and various park visitors will be monitoring various tree species within the park including a sweet gum, flowering dogwood, sassafras, and longleaf pine.

Zumwalt Prairie Preserve engages volunteers in using Nature's Notebook to track phenology of plants.

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