The Connection
Issue Fall 2011
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Happy autumn!  


Hopefully you've been out enjoying cool, crisp days and the colorful foliage that this time of year is known for. The changing of the season has brought with it some changes and updates from the USA-NPN that we're excited to share with you.   


We recognize that these newsletters are one mechanism for sharing our changes, updates, and improvements with you, but would also like to hear back from you all, our partners. We are currently working to identify ways to encourage more back and forth among us, acknowledging that all parties are of course very busy. More to come soon!


What's in this e-newsletter 

NEW training materials for you 

"Shared Sites" in Nature's Notebook now available 

Read what our Stakeholders Workshop Report said about you 

USA-NPN rocked the Saguaro BioBlitz 2011 

Meet USA-NPN's new Communications Specialist  


Joe Caprio
Joe Caprio
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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AAImproved training materials are in!
  +NEW education curriculum coming soon 

 You're invited to check out new and  

 improved training materials created for

 your use by USA-NPN.


Coming Soon

You'll also be happy to know we heard your call for education curriculum. We are building and refining a series of curriculum materials that will roll out and be available to you this winter.  


Staff on observation walkBB"Shared Site" option available

 NEW feature in Nature's Notebook 

 Are you part of a group where several

 people are making observations on the

 same individual plants or animals at the

 same site?  


 Here's a great option for you...


Consider setting up a "shared site" in Nature's Notebook. This way, you and others can log your observations of the same plants or animals at the same site. The benefit is that site administrators can access all observations made for your site. Read more about how Nature's Notebook shared sites work.    


CCJust out: Stakeholder Workshop Report 


USA-NPN is successful because of partners like you - thank you! We are working to better understand and meet your needs. In this spirit, we held a stakeholder meeting last fall, and are excited to share that the report from the meeting is now available online.  


Key recommendations that came out of this meeting of the minds are shaping our organizational focus. Areas we are acting on now based on feedback received during the meeting include improving our strategic planning, communications and marketing, and identity. You're invited to read the report now.


NCO staff member, LoriAnne Barnett, discusses plant phenophases with middle school children.DDSaguaro BioBlitz 2011

USA-NPN rocked citizen science effort 


Just outside Tucson, Ariz., thousands of people flocked to the Sonoran desert for the Saguaro BioBlitz 2011 on Oct. 21 and 22. From naturalist experts to volunteer scientists and students to teachers, teams of enthusiastic citizen scientists helped identify, count and map plants, animals and fungi. The USA-NPN team hosted a booth and led phenology walks to demonstrate how interesting (and fun!) it can be to observe phenology. And phenology monitoring even ended up on  NPR's Weekend Edition!


You're welcome to check out fun photos from the event on our Facebook page.Like us on Facebook  We welcome you to be a part of our community on Facebook. Why? People in our community share inspiring photos, thoughts and questions about phenology that you might really enjoy.  


Perhaps you have participated in bioblitzes, too...? Many of them are held throughout the year across the country. Hopefully I'll see you at one sometime. USA-NPN has recently participated in a number of them. You can expect to see us playing a role in more events like this in the future.  


Echo photoEENEW Communications Specialist

Echo Surina joins the USA-NPN team  

Meet Echo Surina! She's USA-NPN's new Communications and Outreach Specialist. You will certainly be hearing from her, as she's our gal for media outreach, public relations and communications-related partnerships.  


Echo comes to us after owning her own very successful business for years. She has written and edited for many magazines and online venues, including the Discovery Channel. Learn more about Echo now.

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Thank you! 
Thanks for being part of the USA-NPN community! It's great to have you here. You will find fresh tools, industry news and more. Enjoy the fall, and look for your upcoming issue of The Connection, USA-NPN's quarterly e-newsletter for partners, in a few months.