USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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The USA National Phenology Network

The USA National Phenology Network

We bring together citizen scientists, government agencies, non-profit groups, educators and students of all ages to monitor the impacts of climate change on plants and animals in the United States. Learn more about the USA-NPN

What is Phenology?

What is Phenology?

Phenology refers to key seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year—such as flowering, emergence of insects and migration of birds—especially their timing and relationship with weather and climate.

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Nature's Notebook

Nature's Notebook

Join amateur and professional naturalists in regularly observing plants and animals to generate long-term data sets used for scientific discovery and decision-making.

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Nature's Notebook data help to manage invasive buffelgrass

August 22, 2016

The authors of a new study in the journal Remote Sensing used data collected through Nature's Notebook to better predict the best time to treat invasive buffelgrass in the Southwest US. This study is just one example of the ways that Nature's Notebook data are used to inform decisions and advance science. Read more.

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Citizen Science DayBotany Primer provides a guide to understanding botany for Nature's Notebook

This beautifully illustrated guide provides detailed information on stems, buds, roots, leaves, flowers and fruits to help you make your Nature's Notebook observations. Download a free copy of the Primer, or purchase a spiral-bound copy. 

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