Nature's Notebook Quarterly   Issue: Winter 2014
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Greetings from Arizona...I hope my message brings a ray of sunshine to the many of you that are buried under feet of snow and ice right now! We've got some cool new stuff to help you get in the mood for spring while your yard is still a frozen wonderland.  


This year, we'll continue several of our Nature's Notebook campaigns. We're still interested in tracking maples, oaks, and poplars as a part of the Green Wave campaign, as well as cloned and common lilacs and dogwoods. Learn more about which campaigns are appropriate for where you live on our Campaigns page. And, if you're interested in being a part of one or more of these efforts, be sure to sign up to receive the campaign messaging! You can do this in the right sidebar of the individual campaign pages. These messages will chock-full of findings, observation tips, and campaign-specific opportunities. And you'll only receive these messages if you sign up using that interface, which is different from last year. Don't miss out!


What will happen in your yard this year?  


This spring is predicted to be pretty "average" (believe it or not) for the Northeast (NOAA 2014). The remainder of the year is expected to exhibit normal precipitation totals, but above-average temperatures. What do you think this will mean for the plants that you are tracking? Be sure to start watching for spring phenophases before you expect them to occur (and reporting those "nos"!) so that you can pinpoint with confidence when spring actually begins this year.


If you have observations from last year, you can easily compare what you saw in both years using the Data Visualization Tool. Not sure how? Check out the how-to videos on the USA-NPN YouTube page!







What your data are telling us

Learn how 2013 shaped up phenologically 
Last November, we offered our first webinar where we provided a summary of what your data are telling us. If you missed it, you can watch the recording at your leisure.


You can also check out some summaries from the cloned dogwoods project, PopClock, and the Green Wave campaign in the Northeast. We'll be updating these pages over the course of the season so you can remain abreast of the findings.

What's new at Nature's Notebook and USA-NPN
Nature's Notebook webinars in 2014
Mark your calendars, we'll be offering several Nature's Notebook webinars over the course of 2014! All webinars are free of cost and will be recorded and made available for later access. Webinars will be held on Tuesdays at 11am Pacific, 12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern time. We will open registration for webinars approximately four weeks in advance and will email you the registration links. 

Learn even more via the USA-NPN YouTube channel

Not sure how to view your observations via the online Data Visualization Tool? Interested but unclear about downloading your data and exploring patterns hidden within? Confused about how to add yourself to a partner group? Check out the how-to  demo videos! We're creating videos for stuff that trips folks up and maintaining them on our YouTube channel.

New species added to Nature's Notebook

Just in time for spring, we have 43 more plant and animal species available for monitoring through Nature's Notebook, bringing the total up to 943 species on our list. The new additions include 12 birds, eight insects, two mammals, three lizards, and 19 plants.

Recent happenings in the field of phenology
California student recognized for phenology work
Cheyanna Washburn, a youth educator with the California Phenology Project, won a youth engagement award and is featured as a local hero in Bay Nature. Congrats, Cheyanna! Read more

New book cues you to what's happening outside of your window
New York author, Janice Goldfrank, just published a book, accompanying website, and apps for Apple devices entitled Field Guide to the Seasons. As the author describes, "This field guide is truly unique. It is designed to match the way we experience nature: seeing plants and animals as they appear together in a specific landscape at a specific point in time."
More ways to get involved

We are working hard to find the best ways to share findings with you, keep you aware of the newest findings in the field, and help you when you're stuck. Please take advantage of the following resources, and let us know if you have other ideas!
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