The Connection
Issue Summer 2013



I hope the summer is treating you well. Here in Tucson, it is hot, hot, hot - but my trees are still flowering, and I've been enjoying watching a swallowtail butterfly repeatedly visit our grapefruit tree to lay eggs. It will be really fun to watch the eggs hatch and the caterpillars grow! Of course, I will log as much of this information as I am able into Nature's Notebook.
It is hard to believe that the year is already half over. That means it is time to begin prepping talks for the Ecological Society of America meeting in August, and start thinking about preparing abstracts for the American Geophysical Union meeting in December. We'll have a strong presence at both meetings. Learn more about our activities at ESA below. Regarding AGU, I've heard rumblings that multiple sessions involving phenology will be offered this year. Stay tuned for more details; I hope to see you in either Minneapolis or San Francisco!

Another item that may be of interest to you... we are hard at work updating our training videos this summer. The new versions will be much shorter and more interactive. We hope to have the first of these, focused on using the Visualization Tool, online very soon. Let me know what you think, we'd love to know if these are useful!





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esaCome visit us at ESA
We'd love to meet you! 


We will have a booth in the exhibit hall all week long at the 98th Annual Meeting
 of the Ecological Society of America, August 4-9th in Minneapolis, MN. Come meet our staff, and learn more about how to use the data we curate, how to use Nature's Notebook for your specific questions or goals, and what resources we have to offer. You can also find us at one of the various presentations by USA-NPN NCO staff. Also, consider joining us on a field trip to the Mississippi River on Monday, August 5th, where we'll demonstrate how to set up a phenology trail and engage local folks using Nature's Notebook. Find out more about our activities and all things phenology at ESA.
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Updated Android App! 

 You can now record observations off-line

Our latest Nature's Notebook app for Android is available in the Google Play store! This app works offline-you can add plant and animal observations while you're out of coverage, and the data will be uploaded when you are back in range. You also have the option to upload your data only when WiFi is available. If you already have our app, it should have automatically updated. A similar update for our iPhone app is on the way!

reportAnnual Report 2012

What we accomplished together in 2012

Together, we reached (and surpassed!) many milestones in 2012. You and your observers logged over 850,000 records, topped 7,500 registered sites, and reached the 1 millionth pheonology record submitted. Also, USA-NPN and Nature's Notebook were featured in high-impact media. Thank you!


Learn more about what we achieved together. 


Visualization Tool

How are you using our data tool? 

Are you using our online data visualization tool, either in teaching, to inform your management, or for another purpose? We'd love to hear about it! There may be an opportunity to highlight your experience in an upcoming issue of Public Garden Magazine. Email [email protected]! 


Phenology Day in Tucson

Families collect data at Tucson Phenology Trail sites

Our first ever Phenology Day was a success! The event included an observation contest at sites along the Tucson Phenology Trail, a presentation of Nature's Notebook data by our Executive Director, and nature walks at various locations. Find out how you can implement a Phenology Trail in your area. 

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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 summer, and look for your next issue of The Connection, USA-NPN's quarterly e-newsletter, in a few months.