|Updated USA-NPN Species List|
~600 plant and ~200 animal species by April
By mid-April, we will offer protocols for approximately 200 animal species and approximately 600 plant species. With the addition of the batch of species currently in the works, we hope that nearly everyone can find species to monitor from those on our list. We plan to limit the addition of new species, emphasizing observations on our 360 "core" species.
Explore our species list.
(Photo of Geranium Maculatum by H. Zell)
USA-NPN Science Team is Growing!
Meet the people behind the science
We are happy to share that we've had three very talented individuals join our science team recently. Kathy Gerst joined our team several months ago and works primarily as a liaison with the California Phenology Project. Jherime Kellerman is providing support to further the USA-NPN's science and data-oriented goals.
Stacy Leight-Young, Research Associate with the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, is working with USA-NPN Science Coordinator Carolyn Enquist to ensure the incorporation of phenological measures in current and future iterations of the National Climate Assessment (NCA). Led by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the NCA presents status and trends information on climate variation and its impact on people and ecosystems. The inclusion of phenological measures as key bioclimatic indicators of climate change impacts is an exceptional opportunity for the USA-NPN to demonstrate its broad relevance to society at the national level.
National Park Service
The National Park Service and the USA-NPN have been working together for a number of years to integrate phenology monitoring in parks in several parts of the country. Parks across the country have been piloting phenology monitoring using Nature's Notebook. The justification for these efforts were recently documented in an article in Park Science. Details on our partnership are provided in a companion article.