Celebrating 10 Years of Nature’s Notebook
This month we highlight the long-term observers who have participated in Nature's Notebook in each of the last 10 years! There are 30 observers who have reached this milestone so far, including Marjorie Johnson. She keeps careful phenology records of forsythia, dogwood, and red oak, and also notes animals she sees in her yard such as white-tailed deer. Through her many years of observations, she has noticed small details about her plants that she never knew before, such as that a late fall flowering of her forsythia means fewer blooms the following spring.
How your data are being used
Observing nature is fun. But it also serves a greater purpose. Your observations of plants or animals inform scientific discovery and decision-making:
- Scientists use your data in groundbreaking research.
- Land managers use them to make better-informed decisions about natural resources in their care.
- Decision-makers use them to determine policy.