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Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

At Valle de Oro in South Valley, NM we aim to anser the following questions with Nature's Notebook:

  • Establishing information on richness and abundance of focal bird species before, during, and after restoration
  • Studying timing of phenological events in native Rio Grande cottonwoods and invasive Siberian elms
  • Use this data to help inform management decisions such as when to remove physical buildings on the refuge to have as little impact as possible on bird species; time flooding of fields and wetlands to limit elm seed germination and encourage cottonwood seed germination, etc
  • Does species richness, abundance, timing of phenological events change in response to management activities and climate change?

South Valley
Plan to Use Nature's Notebook for:: 
Informing management
Answering science questions
Studying invasive species phenology
Studying migratory animals 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
This LPP is working with K-16 students: 
More than 30 students: 
Under-served Communities: 
Under-served how?: 
Title I schools, Latinx/Hispanic, Native American
Involves indigenous communities: 
This LPP is part of a Phenology Trail: 
Personal Site Network: 
First Observation Date: 
December, 2013
Partner Group
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Rio Grande Phenology Trail Nature's Notebook Training

This workshop was hosted by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and presented by Education Director Mollie Parsons and ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden Education Coordinator Tallie Segel.

The purpose of the workshop was to give an introduction on the goals of the Rio Grande Phenology Trail, the applications of phenology, and how to use Nature's Notebook in the field. A desired outcome of the workshop is that participants would monitor at one of 3 exiting Nature's Notebook sites (the 2 Botanic Gardens as well as Valle de Oro NWR) or set up a new site along the Rio Grande.

Thu, 07/17/2014
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Nature's Notebook at Valle de Oro Webinar #2

During this check-in with Valle de Oro Nature's Notebook participants, we reviewed the initial visits made at the refuge, and discussed the issues that have come up in the first few weeks of monitoring. This included scheduling visits, finding sites on the refuge, data recording and entry, smartphone apps, and the request to have more face-to-face meetings. Erin Posthumus facilitated the meeting, and Jennifer Owen-White as well as 10 volunteers were present.

Webinar video



Tue, 01/14/2014
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Nature's Notebook at Valle de Oro Webinar #1

In this webinar for the phenology monitoring volunteers at Valle de Oro, we demonstrated how to create a Nature's Notebook account, the kinds of questions we will be answering at Valle de Oro, and how to make a site visit and enter observation data into Nature's Notebook.

Webinar video

Tue, 11/12/2013
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Nature's Notebook: A Tool for Phenology Monitoring at Valle de Oro

This information session was given to volunteers in Albuquerque representing Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Rio Grande Nature Center, and the Zoo. The session included an overview of phenology, USA-NPN and Nature's Notebook, and discussed the ways that volunteers would be needed at Valle de Oro Natonal Wildlife Refuge. Valle de Oro is our pilot project for implementaton of Nature's Notebook on National Wildlife Refuges across the country.  

Mon, 10/28/2013
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