USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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This LPP is working with K-16 students: 
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Minnesota Valley NWR - education about phenology

Minnesota Valley NWR works with teachers and classrooms to monitor phenology both on the Refuge and at their own sites near schools. (need more info)

Don Edwards NWR - public engagement about climate change

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR uses phenology to talk to visitors about climate change. Refuge volunteers lead visitors on walks to show them the plants they monitor and tell them the changes they are seeing. Refuge staff feels it is a non-threatening way to talk about climate change.

Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR - education

Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR invites students from Ocean Springs Middle School to make phenology observations on the Fontainebleau Nature Trail on the Refuge. Students learn about phenology and monitor the phenology of key tree and shrub species.

Don Edwards NWR- which species to plant at restoration sites

Don Edwards has used data from phenology monitoring to decide which species to plant in restoration sites. (need more info)

Valle de Oro NWR - construction and Cliff Swallows

Valle de Oro observers have been documenting nesting timing of Cliff Swallows in the old milk barn building at the Refuge. Demolition of the milk barn was slated for this year, and Refuge staff were able to use the information about when the Swallows nested over the last few years to know when it was safe to demolish the barn so as not to destroy nests of the Swallows.

Valle de Oro NWR - habitat for American Kestrels

Through phenology monitoring, Valle de Oro has learned that American Kestrels are abundant on the Refuge, more so than any other nearby place. The Refuge has become a popular place for birders and other visitors to see these birds. Because of this knowledge, the restoration plans for the Refuge have been altered to include more upland grassland habitat to support Kestrels.

Patuxent Research Refuge - climate change impacts on focal species

Patuxent Research Refuge serves as the first national wildlife refuge established for both wildlife and research and the home of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

USFWS Refuge Phenology Dashboards

On the USFWS Phenology Network subsite, we created dynamically updating dashboards that display results from phenology data collection for partner refuges.

Valle de Oro NWR - restoration of bosque forest

Valle de Oro has been selected as a pilot for phenology monitoring using Nature's Notebook. Phenology monitoring will be used to: -Track the ecological condition of plants and animals and their response to environmental and climatic change. -Engage a variety of groups around the Albuquerque area.

Getting started with Nature's Notebook on your National Wildlife Refuge

We discuss how you can use Nature's Notebook to meet management and outreach objectives. We demonstrate how to get started with Nature's Notebook, how to associate yourself with the USFWS group, and highlight our pilot program at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge as an example of how phenology monitoring may be conducted.

Watch the webinar recording 

Thu, 05/15/2014
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