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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Phenology and Climate Change

Phenology and Climate Change

The ways in which the world is responding to climate change are not well understood. Phenology is a great indicator of current and future climate impacts on people, plants, animals and our natural areas.

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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Heidi Steltzer
Phenologist Heidi Steltzer's research featured in New York Times, Reddit's AMA 

May 15, 2014

Dr. Heidi Steltzer's research on how elevated CO2, not just climate warming, leads to a longer growing season was just published in the journal Nature. You can also read about Dr. Steltzer's work in a recent article in the New York Times and in Nature's News. And be sure to tune into the Reddit Ask Me Anything that she will be hosting on May 15th, where you can ask her if this apparent benefit of climate change will really be all that beneficial.

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By participating in one of our regional campaigns you can help researchers answer key questions, get info-rich emails with localized results, and an end of season summary. Catch the "Green wave", become a flower follower, or track the timing of trees with PopClock.

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