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Happy holidays! We look forward to working together in 2015!


What's new at Nature's Notebook and USA-NPN
Who uses 
Nature's Notebook, 
and why?

Organizations embark on tracking plant and animal phenology for a wide diversity of reasons. What are these reasons? Learn more using the new  tool on the USA-NPN website. 


Would you like your organization to be represented? Send me an email!


View the Tool � 

Summarized phenology data now available! 


Have you ever tried to download your observation data in spreadsheet form, and then been at a loss as to what to do next? For the most part, what is of interest is when flowering, leafing, migrating, and so on started and ended, and how long it lasted.


Now available: summarized Nature's Notebook data, which provides this information! Using the Data Download Tool, you can now obtain the first and last dates that phenophases were recorded on your individual organisms in each year, plus lots more.  


Recent happenings in the field of phenology
Tucson community celebrates phenology!

The second annual Phenology Days event was celebrated along the Tucson Phenology Trail in early October, and engaged hundreds of community members. 


Twelve organizations hosted the events during the week of September 27th- October 4th demonstrating ties between phenology and natural resource outreach. Seventeen events included activities for youth and adults, a lecture series, poetry and art related to phenology, hikes and walks, plantings, and more.


Think about hosting a Phenology Week event in your community next year! Let us know if we can help. We'll be doing it again next year! 

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Especially for Local Phenology Leaders
Draft phenology trail sign
Sign templates coming soon

Several of you have shared that you are establishing marked phenology walks or trails at your site, and would like help creating signage for the marked plants. We are currently developing sign templates with our graphic designer, and expect to have these available for the spring season. 


Let me know if you'd like to provide feedback on early drafts!

Pinterest Plant Tag board
We're pinning ideas for plant tags and more!

Check out our new Pinterest boards... we're using them to track ways to tag your plants, phenology walk and trail ideas, trail sign options, workshop materials, general phenology pictures, and more. 



More ways to get involved
Crater Lake National Park
Job announcement

Assessing interannual snowfall and its impacts on vegetation phenology and forest health using remote sensing. Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake, OR. 12-week paid internship through the George Melendez Wright Initiative for Young Leaders in Climate Change program.
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Theresa Crimmins 
Partnerships & Outreach Coordinator
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LoriAnne Barnett
Education Coordinator


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