Nature's Notebook Quarterly
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Issue Fall 2011

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Fall is in full swing. That means shorter days. Longer nights. And much cooler temperatures.


If you're like other passionate citizen scientists, fall is an exciting season. Forest canopies become a patchwork of vivid colors. Leaves drop. The air even smells different.  


Sure, fall occurs every year, but it doesn't always manifest in the same ways. In 2011, there have been some interesting things happening. Check it out...


In this issue

Phenology News: Fall update for you

New, FREE Android app for you makes observing paperless and easier

Citizen science project welcomes you: NASA's Juniper Pollen Project  


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Phenology highlights from around the world


Fall colors sweep south
in Michigan

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Joe Caprio
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Joe Caprio, "father" of lilac phenological observations in the US and the first large-scale phenological observation network in this country, died last month. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues and many people who've indirectly benefited from his work. Read more about Joe and his incredible contributions to the field of phenology.
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Seasonal changes & discoveries in your area


In the last month, some pockets of the country have experienced unusual fall foliage. Scientists say leaves could change color and drop later this fallSome citizen scientists like you have already started to track "tardy" fall colors -- learn what they've observed and what scientists have to say about it. 


You're also in tune with your own environment as a citizen scientist. Have you noticed any seasonal changes compared to years past? You're welcome to post photos or share what you've witnessed in your own home town with other observers now.Like us on Facebook


Local economies all over the US are bolstered because of the fall season, as millions of people embark on road trips to take in the colorful sights. If you have plans to hit the road, too, check out the US Forest Service's improved Fall Colors 2011 website featuring clickable maps, family activities and fall color information.

B NEW, Free Android App for You

 Log your observations from the field in seconds


 You're invited to be an "early bird" new user of the  Android app. That's right. Only Nature's Notebook  observers like you are welcome to use it at this time. 


 Why just you? 


 #1 Well, it was created specifically for you and your  fellow Nature's Notebook friends to make observing easier.  


#2 We'd like to hear your thoughts on it first. This way, the app can be refined and finessed to your liking before its public release. But don't worry. We've tested it and this baby is ready to rock.   

  • No more paper data sheets! Which means you...
  • Record your observations only 1 time
  • It's fast. Easy. Free.

The real joy of this app is that you don't need data sheets anymore. Your best bet is to continue making edits to your sites, plants or animals online from your computer. But once you've got everything set up, you can easily enter your observations from your phone.  


You can download the app now. Please e-mail your feedback about it -- what you like or want improved -- to Echo Surina at [email protected].


(COMING THIS WINTER): iPhone app for Nature's Notebook observers


JPP logoCDo you want to observe juniper trees?

Join NASA's Juniper Pollen Project today 

It's not every day you get to help NASA.

Or feed scientists information they need to combat a real-world problem, like intensifying and debilitating allergy seasons.

NASA, USA-NPN and several other partnering organizations have teamed up on an exciting citizen science project called the Juniper Pollen Project. And you're invited to participate.

Just pick any of four spectacular juniper species in your area.
Your goal: Track the timing of their pollen production and release and log the information you discover in Nature's Notebook.

Being a citizen scientist on this project uniquely opens you up to  experiencing these iconic trees in entirely new ways.

The protocols you'd be following illuminate tree details and characteristics you've probably never noticed before.

Whether you're a novice or seasoned observer, you can become a more astute citizen scientist by engaging in the Juniper Pollen Project. It's also a way to make your observations benefit scientific discovery.

Learn more about the JPP or sign up to become an observer now.
PS: If juniper trees don't grow in your home town, you can participate in other great citizen science projects in your area.
Thank you
Thanks for being part of the Nature's Notebook community! It's great to have you here. Enjoy the fall. In a few months, look for your upcoming issue of Nature's Notebook Quarterly, the quarterly e-newsletter of the Nature's Notebook community.

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It would be really helpful if you let us know what phenology-related issues you care about most
so we can better serve not only the scientific community but YOU, the one gathering the information being used, such as...
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Please share what you care about. A one-word answer or paragraph on Facebook would be helpful. Like us on Facebook Or you can email your thoughts to Echo at [email protected]. Thanks a lot! 

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