The Connection
Issue Spring 2013
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Ok, phenology phriends, get ready to record observations, because here comes spring, and with it, all of the associated bud-bursting, leafing-out, migration, hatching, and other phenological activities! Spring is a very busy season, phenologically-speaking. We're anxiously awaiting the start of spring, curious to see if it will begin early again this year, as it did in much of the country in 2012 and in 2010. 
One of the ways we're celebrating spring is through our regional campaigns. This year we're collaborating with researchers from of Boston University and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies to engage Nature's Notebook participants in collecting phenology observations in support of their research. Please contact me if you're interested in developing a similar campaign to support your effort
Learn more about what we're inviting participants to track on our 
Nature's Notebook website. If you're interested in encouraging others to participate in the spring campaigns, you may wish to use this 1-page campaigns flyer
Another big event we have on the calendar is our first (hopefully annual) Phenology Day! This full-day event will take place in the Tucson region on April 20. If you're in the area, please join us for phenology talks, walks, tours, and socializing. We'll be documenting what we do and how we do it in a guide that you can use, if you're interested in organizing a similar event in your area.


Thanks again for all that you do, and as always, please don't hesitate to contact me with any comments or questions. 





What's in this e-newsletter

  • We're now offering webinars tailored for partner groups - would you like to plan one?
  • Are you an educator? Check out our resources and growing education community!


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Webinars for partners!
Sharing findings from 



It's really exciting that we have been working with some of our partners for several years now! In an effort to demonstrate our appreciation for partners' commitments to tracking phenology with us, we are now offering webinars incorporating tailored results. We offered the first of these a couple of weeks ago for our Signs of the Seasons friends in Maine. 

You can view this webinar on YouTube. And if you're interested in planning a webinar for your group, please let me know!


 Education resources for you!

 Join the growing community of practice

The number and diversity of education resources  we can offer to formal, non-formal, and informal education venues continues to grow. LoriAnne Barnett, our Education Coordinator, is working hard to foster a phenology education community of practice. Read more on her phenology education blog, and consider signing up to receive her education newsletters (bottom right corner of page). You can also view previous issues of her newsletter in our newsletter archive.


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Theresa Crimmins / p 520.622.0363 / [email protected]bio
Thank you! 
Thanks for being part of the USA-NPN community! It's great to have you here. Enjoy the spring, and look for your next issue of The Connection, USA-NPN's quarterly e-newsletter, in a few months.