Nature's Notebook is a customizable program used by individual observers and Federal Government partners to document patterns in phenology—the timing of seasonal activity of plants and animals over the course of the calendar year. The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) established Nature's Notebook in 2009 to create a standard approach for collecting phenology data on plants and animals across the country. Currently, about half of the data are submitted by independent backyard observers at individual sites and half are submitted by groups of participants as part of a Local Phenology Program. With support from the U.S. Geological Survey, the USA-NPN collects, organizes, and shares data on phenology. This information aids decision making, scientific discovery, and the development of a broader understanding of phenology.
Posthumus, E.E., Miller, M.P., and Crimmins, T., 2020, Nature’s Notebook—A tool for recording the timing of seasonal activity of plants and animals: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3022, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203022.
ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)
ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)
Table of Contents
- What is Nature's Notebook?
- USA National Phenology Network
- Collecting and Maintaining High-Quality Data
- Local Phenology Programs: Collaborative Community Science
- Combining Forces With Partners To Advance the Field of Phenology
- How the Data Are Being Used
- References Cited
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Nature’s Notebook-A tool for recording the timing of seasonal activity of plants and animals|
|Series title||Fact Sheet|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Office of the AD Ecosystems|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|