USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Since 2017, volunteers at Minnesota Valley NWR have tracked the phenology of deciduous trees and nectar plants that are important for migratory birds, pollinators and resident wildlife species. Observations of the timing of life cycle events of these species will shed light on potential mismatches in timing between plants and the animals that use them. The Refuge is part of a corridor of land and water stretching nearly 70 miles along the Minnesota River and hosts three sites along an urban-rural gradient. Multiple individuals of each species are monitored to allow comparison within and among sites, contribute data to the national effort to understand how seasonal activities of plants and animals are shifting, and engage volunteers in 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: 
January, 2017
Partner Group

Minnesota Valley NWR - bird migration and behaviors

Minnesota Valley NWR requested American White Pelicans to study whether climate change is impacting the migration timing of this very visible species, and American Woodcock to study whether climate change is impacting their sky dance mating ritual.