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Indiana Phenology Trail

Indiana Phenology is sponsoring the Indiana Phenology Network to bring together individual Indiana Backyard Observers, Local Phenology Programs (LPP’s) at partnering sites in Indiana, such as Holliday Park, and schools all using Nature’s Notebook to gather data on phenology timing in Indiana.

Plan to Use Nature's Notebook for:: 
Informing management
Answering science questions
Studying invasive species phenology
Studying migratory animals phenology
Studying pollinator phenology
Studying climate change impacts
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: 
September, 2018

2019 Impact Statement

Plant phenology is a great indicator of environmental changes. Such data is not presently readily available in Indiana. Indiana Phenology works to fill that gap by engaging people of all ages in phenology observation using Nature's Notebook, a program developed by the USA National Phenology Network.

The goal of our project is to document the leafing, flowering and fruiting of common native plants in all 92 Indiana counties. This data will help us measure the impact of environmental changes, including climate change, so that we can effectively respond and adapt. We hold workshops, create and share resources, provide training and educational opportunities, and share a monthly newsletter reporting observations from the past month.

In 2019, our first year, 19 observers made 17,823 observations at 25 sites in 11 counties. Our observers monitored 89 different species including Eastern redbud, Tuliptree, Sugar maple, Bur oak and Canadian serviceberry. We are 12% of our way to our long-term goal of having observers in every county of Indiana.