We are excited to ring in the summer with our fresh-off-the-press 10-year anniversary commemorative poster! The poster features a 4-panel design depicting the seasons and an observer documenting their data in Nature's Notebook. Read on to find out how you can get your hands on one. 

We are pleased to announce a new award program that will recognize the efforts of our hundreds of Local Phenology Program (LPP) partners. The PhenoChampion Award will honor one of our LPPs that made exceptional progress toward meeting their program goals for data collection, education, and/or outreach  in 2017. Learn more below! 



What's new at Nature's Notebook and USA-NPN
Show off your work at a special AGU session

USA-NPN is hosting a special session at the American Geophysical Union meeting this December in Washington, DC titled "T he USA National Phenology Network: Advancing the Science of Phenology in the Past, Present and Future". Submit an abstract and highlight your work that utilizes USA-NPN data, tools, or resources. 
Abstracts are due August 1st. 
USA-NPN 10-year commemorative poster

We've created a poster to commemorate 10 years of the USA-NPN and data collection with Nature's Notebook. The poster features four seasonal panels and an observer collecting data. 

We will have several giveaways of the posters throughout the rest of this year, so keep an eye on our newsletters. If you are going to the Ecological Society of America meeting in New Orleans, visit our USA-NPN booth for your own copy! 
The Plants and Animals page has a new look        

If you've visited our Plants and Animals search page recently, you might notice a difference. We've recently made some improvements to make it easier to search for plants and animals on the Nature's Notebook list by state, animal group and plant group. You can even search for species that are part of Nature's Notebook campaigns
Recent happenings in the field of phenology
Use phenology maps to support management decisions         

A new article in the Journal of Extension describes how the USA-NPN's maps of accumulated growing degree days can be used to support management decisions.  

Tracking phenology with the New York Phenology Project

The New York Phenology Project includes 30 monitoring sites across the state and annual logs over 10% of the data in the National Phenology Database. An article in Scienceline describes the goals of the Project and includes a great video,  How do trees know when it's spring?

More ways to get involved
Find us at ESA in New Orleans next month! 

Are you attending the Ecological Society of America meeting in New Orleans this August? We have a variety of USA-NPN actvities scheduled, including a field trip to one of our Gulf Coast Phenology Trail sites, a USA-NPN booth where you can pick up a 10-year anniversary commemorative poster, as well as oral and poster presentations. 

Photo: W.D. Bransford, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Recording phenological change after 40 years

In Grand Teton National Park, observers with Wildflower Watch are following in the footsteps of Dr. Frank Craighead, Jr., who collected data on flowering plants there in the 1970s. Researchers will compare modern observations to those of Craighead to discover how plants are (or are not) adapting. Guided phenology hikes are scheduled for each month this summer.

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New lesson plan using the Spring Index maps     
A new lesson plan from the USA-NPN's National Coordinating Office describes how to use the Spring Indices as a tool to understand climate change impacts on plant and animal species. The lesson plan is appropriate for high school and college levels. 

Especially for Local Phenology Leaders
Apply for the new PhenoChampion Award!

We are pleased to announce the inaugural  Local Phenology Program PhenoChampion Award ! We seek to recognize the outstanding achievements of our Local Phenology Program Partners. The award program is open to any LPP that actively collected observational data using Nature's Notebook in 2017. The grand prize includes your choice of a customized trail sign or a Nature's Notebook gear package for your observers! Application packets are due September 4th. 

LPP Highlight: Rio Grande Phenology Trail

Each newsletter this year, we will highlight one of our wonderful Local Phenology Programs. Do you want your LPP to be featured? Email  erin@usanpn.org ! This month we highlight the Rio Grande Phenology Trail.

The Rio Grande Phenology Trail was spreadheaded by the USA-NPN's pilot project with the USFWS's Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge back in 2014.  Since then, the Trail has grown to include multiple partners from Santa Fe to Sevilleta NWR. The partners share goals of tracking changes in phenology of focal species such as the Rio Grande cottonwood and engaging community members and school groups in learning about the bosque, or river forest. Listen to Trail Coordinator Liz Douglass-Gallagher's great description of the Trail on Santa Fe's KSFR's Garden Journal radio show .
New tips for Local Phenology Leaders

Our new page contains a list of "tips" from seasoned Local Phenology Leaders using Nature's Notebook with students or volunteers. This information was realized and shared with the National Coordinating Office by on-the-ground leaders actively pursuing long-term phenology monitoring programs.


Erin Posthumus 
Outreach Coordinator
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LoriAnne Barnett
Education Coordinator