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Wouldn’t it be great to create a network for tribal college students working with their faculty to do phenological observations on their native homelands? -Dr. Dan Wildcat at Rising Voices I

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C. Gibson & R. Wood

Wakarusa Wetlands Phenology Trail


The Wakarusa Wetlands Phenology Trail at Haskell Indian Nation University is an effort of the Indigenous Phenology Network to connect students at tribal colleges with traditional plants and the tools of climate science.

In this model, students work with the tribal college and any related tribes to identify the plants to observe and then conduct frequent observations of the plants following the protocol of the USA National Phenology Network’s “Phenology Trails” and Nature’s Notebook program. Contact Dan Wildcat or Jeff Morisette for more information. 

Map of the wetlands with the plants observed.

 Wakarusa Wetlands, Kansas

Over 600 acres, adjacent to

Haskell Indian Nations University

How to Participate

1. Create an account in Nature's NotebookAn email address and Internet access are all that are needed.

2. Join the Wakarusa Wetlands Phenology Trail Group in Nature's Notebook.

2.  Identify the species being observed and locate them along the trail:


  • Muscogee
  • "Akwanv"
  • Building Material

Wild Strawberry:

  • Lakota     
  • "Waziskeca"   
  • Traditional Food

3. Observe your plant(s). 

4. Report your observations. Periodically log into your Nature's Notebook observation deck and transfer your observations from your paper data sheet into the online reporting system. Alternatively, you can enter your observations directly using our Android or iPhone smartphone and tablet apps.