Spring is nearly upon us! Are you as excited as we are to start seeing breaking buds and smelling the fragrance of flowers?

There are many new resources coming soon, or already released, to help get you excited about tracking phenology this season. Read more about the newest - phenology calendars in your Observation Deck - below. 

Another resource that we're anxiously anticipating is the final release of the Botany Primer, a document that will end up being nearly 100 full-color, gorgeous pages of information intended to tell you everything you might like to know to better track phenology, or just love plants. As this document is turning out to be so beautiful, we're exploring options for you to be able to order printed and bound copies. If this option were made available, would you be interested? Please answer this single survey question to help us assess interest in this option. We'll only pursue it if interest exists.

Thanks again! Very sincerely,


What's new at Nature's Notebook and USA-NPN
young-women-laptop.jpg 2015 webinar series announced

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or brand-new to Nature's Notebook, there is a webinar to meet your needs. Our webinar series has gotten off to a great start!
  • Mar 3: USA-NPN and the Emerging Climate Risk Lab of Cornell present, "Springcasting!" Watch recording 
  • Mar 17: Nature's Notebook observation deck refresher and sneak peek
    Register for webinar
And if you're interested in being a presenter for a webinar this year, let us know

Phenology calendars in your Observation Deck! 


Have you logged into your Nature's Notebook Observation Deck lately? If you have, you might have had a surprise - your data are now automatically plotted for you! These calendars are entirely customizable. Log in to see! 



Publication summary: changes to mutualisms


What will changing climates mean for species that depend upon each other? We've summarized the results of a recent paper on this topic.  


Quarterly newsletter for researchers launched 


Do you or someone you know use phenology data that the USA-NPN curates? If so, the new quarterly newsletter, The Leaflet, is for you (or that person that you're thinking of)! This newsletter is intended to grow a phenology research community of practice, and to keep members of this community abreast of opportunities and developments in the field.



Recent happenings in the field of phenology
NY Phenology Project is growing like a weed!

The New York Phenology Project is a networked community science initiative that was formed in 2012 and has grown to 12 partnering institutions. Together, the more than 150 members of this collaborative contributed >100,000 observations to Nature's Notebook in 2014. 

Would you like to have your network or institution highlighted in this block? Let me know!

Read more about the NYPP

Especially for Local Phenology Leaders
Webinars especially for LPLs 


We are offering three interactive online workshops especially for Local Phenology Leaders or teachers in 2015:

  • Apr 9Nature's Notebook programs at your site - trust me, it's that easy! 
  • May 5: How can I access the data my group collects, and once I get it, what can I do with it?
  • Aug 20: Teachers: Nature's Notebook in the classroom - what can phenology help me teach, and how do I get started?

Each of these workshops are capped, and participants will be taken first come, first served. We will create waiting lists, and if interest is large, we'll open additional dates. 


Phenology trail sign templates available

Would you like to have signage on your phenology trail, but don't have money to hire a graphic designer? Use our templates! The templates are offered in Word, so you don't need skills to adapt them for your needs. Pdfs are also available.


More ways to get involved
Job announcement

The USA-NPN is hiring a programmer with a background in data analysis, to advance the Network's data and research infrastructure. 

Candidate's primary responsibilities will be focused on maintaining existing web infrastructure and supporting the development of data products from USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook plant and animal phenology program and as well as analyzing and integrating third-party data sets. 

Apply at University of Arizona's CareerTrack, under job number 57315.


Theresa Crimmins 
Partnerships & Outreach Coordinator
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LoriAnne Barnett
Education Coordinator