USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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Subgroup of the Tucson Phenology Trail.

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OSU Phenology Garden Networkis using Nature's Notebook to explore phenology

Master Gardeners and Garden Volunteers use Nature's Notebook for an interpretation project. 

Pickering Creek Audubon Center will be using Nature's Notebook when interacting with many school children in-class and on field trips, the data collected with Nature's Notebook would provide another tool to use while talking about climate change and its impacts on wildlife and plants. Second, they lead a teen Junior Naturalist program and will use Nature's Notebook to keep them engaged on a regular basis. Nature's Notebook will allow the teens more opportunities to participate in the program and the Center, experience nature alone rather than always in a group setting and, learn observational skills that could translate into a future science career. Observations will be done by the teen Junior Naturalists supervised by a Teacher Naturalist at the Center, but they hope to soon include our dedicated adult volunteers.

Staff and interns at Point Blue Conservation Science are tracking plant phenology using Nature’s Notebook to better understand resource availability for birds and overlay it on our long-term bird monitoring programs that track the timing of bird migration and breeding

Project Learning Tree of Tenessee is engaging multiple schools in using Nature's Notebook, and also promotes phenololgy activities at conferences around the country.

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The Gardens are using Nature's Notebook for phenology monitoring of plants. 

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Riparian Invasion Research Laboratory at UCSB's Marine Science Institute has formed a group within Nature's Notebook called UCSB Santa Clara River Restoration. They are utilizing Nature's Notebook to assist them with tracking the phenology of important plants in the Santa Clara River as part of a collaborative restoration and research project. Secondarily, they wish to track plant phenology to time seed collection for ecological restoration and understand when natural events such as willow seed releases occur. They are monitoring Salix lasiolepis, Salix laevigata, Salix lucida, Salix exiguua, Populus trichocarpa, Populus fremontii, Platanus racemosa, Quercus agrifolia, Baccharis salicifolia, Anemopsis californica, Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea, Heteromeles arbutifolia, Alnus rhombifolia, Rubus ursinus, Juncus textilis, and Toxicodendron diversilobum amongst others. All are located at the Santa Clara River restoration sites near Santa Paula and Fillmore.

Riveredge Nature Center is connecting and engaging visitors, school groups, and volunteers to track plant and animal phenology by using Nature's Notebook. Amanda Zopp, Riveredge’s Larsen Legacy Senior Naturalist, states "Connecting individuals to the land is an integral piece in understanding how we, as humans, play a role in an ecosystem. By tracking phenology, not only are we connecting our audience with the land but also so they become engaged in experiencing the changes in the environment throughout the year and in the years to come.”

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