USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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Intervale Lowlands is partnering with Dr. Ezra Schwartzberg of Adirondack Research and Consulting, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the USA National Phenological Network to develop land management strategies that help to mitigate the effects of climate change on species diversity and ecosystem health. Phenological monitoring is at the heart of this project. Monitoring phenological events of plants, insects, and other animals will help the Intervale Lowlands determine the most appropriate management strategies to conserve biodiversity on the preserve as the region’s climate changes. These strategies include, but are not limited to, creating and restoring habitat, supporting increased genetic diversity, protecting stream banks and channels, and eliminating competing invasive plants and animals. 

Visitors to the Jacksonville Zoo are helping the institution to track phenology using Nature's Notebook.

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University students and visitors to the Jewel Moore Nature Reserve are engaging in Nature's Notebook to observe 16 species found within the nature reserve. They will track all 16 possible during 2016 to find a smaller set which they plan to continue monitoring (based on access) for a longer term.  In the short term, their goals are outreach and engagement of our students and campus visitors to an on-campus nature reserve. Longer term scientific goals include questions about how timing of flowering of Lonicera japonica impacts its interactions with pollinators and consequent fruit set. 

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is using Nature's Notebook to engage a variety of individuals in becoming trained observers at a state park and giving them opportunities to become involved in citizen science projects. Starting observing with our Junior Friends group (middle and high school students) who come monthly to the park. Our hope is for them to gain skills in observing nature and using them in the future in other locations. We also hope to expand this program to general park visitors in the future, park staff, Junior friends, school groups, volunteers, and park visitors. 

The Sanctuary uses Nature's Notebook to make phenology observations at their butterfly garden.

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The Linda Loring Nature Foundation, a land trust on Nantucket Island, is collecting phenology observations on common, invasive, and rare species to raise awareness of phenology and climate change using their approximately 100 acre property as a “living laboratory”. They are establishing a formal phenology walk with a plan to involve more volunteers and school groups in data collection through Nature's Notebook.

Madrone Audubon would like to join Audubon California's BirdSeason's Phenology effort. They are joining a growing number of Audubon chapters across the state in adding phenophase observations to their weekly birding trips! Madrone Audubon is using Nature's Notebook with the Audubon CA chapter (48 throughout the state) volunteers to monitor bird phenology on preserves statewide to detect any possible climate change drive shifts and to engage volunteers in climate change research. This chapter is active in Paula Lane Nature Preserve and will be observing the following species: Acorn Woodpecker, Anna's Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Mourning Dove, Violet-green swallow, Dark-Eyed Junco, Cedar Waxwing.

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Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project is using Nature's Notebook to track the elevational
variability of the fruiting of the mamane tree, which is the primary food source for the critically endangered bird, palila, and this data will help the group determine best restoration practices.  Mamane (Sophora chrysophylla) at the Pu‘u La‘au area and Ka‘ohe Restoration Area at about the 7,000-ft elevation on Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i.  This is also a way to use citizen science to help engage the public in this unique forest, by using volunteers, primarily from local schools. Currently, the Hawai‘i Academy of Arts and Sciences is interested in collaborating on this project.

This Preserve on the Truckee River is using Nature's Notebook to collect phenology observations.

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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Phenology Trails' goal is to monitor the phenology of Sonoran Desert plant species that are important to pollinators and wildlife and are monitored regionally, in order to detect changes that may indicate disturbance. They will be monitoring these species: Saguaro, Buckhorn cholla, Jojoba, Velvet mesquite, Desert senna, and Soaptree yucca. The plants will be monitored along 3 wheelchair accessible interpretive trails in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

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