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The USA-NPN, phenology, and our partners are often in the news. Follow some recent stories below.

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  • USA-NPN citizen science highlighted by the White House OSTP
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy recently highlighted the USA-NPN for facilitating broader participation of the public in the scientific process. The article highlights some of our milestones from last year. 
  • USA-NPN Featured in White House Fact Sheet on Climate Education and Literacy Initiative
    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is launching a new Climate Eduation and Literacy Initiative to connect the public to the best-available, scienced based information about climate change. This new Fact Sheet explains the committments made by Federal agencies and other groups, and highlights the USA-NPN's Nature's Notebook program and the near-real-time phenology predictions we will provide our observers next year. 

  • Short-Term Prediction of Fall Foliage Coloration from VIIRS Data created by Xiaoyang Zhang (STAR, SDSU) and Bob Yu (STAR/SMCD/EMB)
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Xiaoyang Zhang (formerly at STAR and currently at South Dakota State University) and Bob Yu (STAR/SMCD/EMB) have developed a new method to monitor and predict short-term fall foliage coloration using the VIIRS daily vegetation index. Developed with the support of the JPSS Proving Ground and Risk Reduction Program, the new system currently monitors foliage development across the United States every 3 days and further makes prediction to 10 days ahead.

  • Is this the end of autumn as we know it?
    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Story on the BBC entitled "Is this the end of autumn as we know it?" features phenology data from the USA National Phenology Network.

  • Join us for Phenology Week 2014
    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Join the USA-NPN and Partners along the Tucson Phenology Trail to learn about local PHENOLOGY while having fun exploring phenology walks around town. Meet local phenology leaders, learn about our citizen science program, Nature’s Notebook, and see how to get involved. View the schedule of activities. Or, host your own Phenology Week activities in your area!