USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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Wildflower Watch

Since 2017, Wildflower Watch has worked with hundreds of citizen scientists to collect phenology data in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). This project was inspired by the work of Dr. Frank Craighead who made phenology observations in the 1970s and wrote the popular book For Everything There Is a Season. We are building on his legacy and collecting contemporary observations in the same locations as Craighead, as well as other locations throughout the GYE. Already we have noticed many plants blooming up to 3 weeks earlier than first observed in the 1970s. Please reach out to to get involved and learn about free learning opportunities. Wildflower Watch is lead in partnership with USANPN by The Nature Conservancy and Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative.

Cody, Jackson, and surrounding Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE)
Organization Type: 
Plan to Use Nature's Notebook for:: 
Informing management
Answering science questions
Studying invasive species phenology
Status and trends (or baseline) monitoring
Getting students involved with research
Getting students outside
Engaging the public
Contributing to a national effort
Entrypoint for citizen science
This LPP is working with K-16 students: 
More than 30 students: 
Under-served Communities: 
Involves indigenous communities: 
This LPP is part of a Phenology Trail: 
Personal Site Network: 
First Observation Date: 
April, 2018
Partner Group