Happy summer! Hopefully the plants and animals you are tracking are in full pheno-swing now... here in Arizona we are presently enjoying cacti flowering. We can tell you've been hard at work - as of today, nearly 700,000 phenology records have been submitted to Nature's Notebook since January 1! 

If you haven't seen it lately, check out the Nature's Notebook homepage, where this progress is tracked through the tree shown at right. The more records you submit, the more animals appear in the tree! And a fun side note - all of the animals appearing on the tree are on the list of species that can be monitored through Nature's Notebook.

Have a great summer!


What's new at Nature's Notebook and USA-NPN
Publication summary: With warmer winters, plants need warmer springs


Using plant phenology data collected through Nature's Notebook, researchers have found the warmer the winter, the more warmth that woody plants in temperate systems must be exposed to in spring, to initiate leaf-out. This delay is offsetting some of the advancement occurring due to earlier warm spring temperatures.

Nature's Notebook 

Don't miss out! The next webinars on the agenda include:
  • Jun 16: How are your data being used? Learn more about the most recent ways researchers and managers are making use of phenology data and information.  Register for webinar
  • Jul 14: The new USA-NPN data visualization tool. Curious to see how your observations compare to those in your region? How about to previous years? Does the timing of phenological events in your region seem to be driven by temperature, precipitation, daylength, latitude, or elevation? You can explore all of these patterns and more in the new USA-NPN data visualization tool! Register for webinar
Webinars take place at 11am Pacific (and AZ), 12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern. 

Have you missed a webinar? Recordings of webinars hosted earlier this year are available for viewing on the USA-NPN YouTube page.

Recent happenings in the field of phenology
Assessing phenology from herbarium records
Assessing phenology from herbarium records
Nature's Notebook in the classroom and the herbarium

Members of Dr. Gail Wagner's Summer 2015 Anthropology 213 Ethnobotany Class at the University of South Carolina conducted an Herbarium Phenology Research Project at the A.C. Moore Herbarium. Each student was assigned a plant species to research. Using the herbarium records anNature's Notebook phenophase definitions, they determined average flowering times for their species. 

Watch a short video about the project �

Especially for Local Phenology Leaders
We've reorganized!

To help you find the resources you, as a group leader, need to find, we've added a new menu on the Nature's Notebook homepage. This menu, titled "For Groups," has links to everything you need to get a group established, engage your group members, connect with other groups, and more.

Willing to share your experiences as an LPL?

Our Sep 8 webinar will be crowdsourced: we'll have representatives from several Local Phenology Projects share their lessons learned and best practices for engaging groups of volunteers in Nature's Notebook. We're currently looking for presenters - are you interested in this opportunity to tell us all the great things you've learned?


If so, please email Theresa! As the date draws nearer, I'll be in touch to coordinate the details.
Quarterly calls for Phenology Network Leaders

Do you coordinate Nature's Notebook volunteers at multiple institutions or organizations? We are now offering monthly conference calls for you to share ideas, resources, training methods, funding ideas, and more with other leaders. Phenology Network Leaders are those who are organizing multiple groups of observers (not just multiple sites) using Nature's Notebook


Email LoriAnne if you fall into this category, if you want to know more, or if you are interested in a similar regular call-in opportunity for Local Phenology Leaders who are organizing volunteers for a single location.


Theresa Crimmins 
Partnerships & Outreach Coordinator
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LoriAnne Barnett
Education Coordinator