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Join us for webinars in 2015! Learn more about the specifics of monitoring using Nature's Notebook, previews of findings as the year progresses, how to visualize your own data, and more. 

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Attend a Nature's Notebook Webinar

Webinars run for 45-50 minutes, with 20 minutes available after the presentation for Q & A. Registration for webinars opens approximately four weeks in advance. All webinars are recorded and made available on this page.


Mar 3: USA-NPN and the Emerging Climate Risk Lab of Cornell Present "Springcasting!" 

12:30pm Eastern, 11:30am Central, 10:30am Mountain & AZ, 9:30am Pacific

Using historical observations of the timing of leaf-out and bloom in cloned lilacs and honeysuckle and daily observations from nearby weather stations, scientists have been able to determine the weather conditions that precede spring leaf-out in these plants, as a composite for the “start of spring.”

New for 2015, researchers are using daily weather data to estimate this start of spring, or “springcast,” in near real-time at every location in the United States. This year, we’ll be sharing these springcasts with lilac observers, inviting them to help us determine whether these predictions are correct at their location.

Dr. Toby Ault, researcher at Cornell University and lead on the springcasting effort, will shed some light on what goes into a springcast, and explain their utility. Dr. Ault will describe how this work extends to many other species and has direct utility to many economic sectors.

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Mar 17: Nature’s Notebook Observation Deck Refresher and Sneak Peek 

2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific & AZ

You may have forgotten some of the details of how to navigate your Nature’s Notebook Observation Deck over the winter break – never fear! In this webinar, we’ll re-orient you to all that you need to know, as well as demonstrate some of the new features that will roll out this spring.

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Apr 21: Basic Botany and Tricky Phenophases

2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific & AZ

How do I know when a leaf bud has broken? Do I count the number of seeds or seed heads? When is a fruit ripe? We will provide answers to these common questions and more.


Jun 1: Springcasting Part II: How did we do? What have we learned? And what's next?

2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific & AZ

Dr. Toby Ault, researcher at Cornell University and lead on the springcasting effort, will summarize for us how spring of 2015 unfolded, and how well the springcasting effort performed.


Jun 16: How are your data being used?

2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific & AZ

The ways in which data collected through Nature’s Notebook are being used is growing nearly by the day. Join us as we walk through a range of real-world applications for these observations, including research, agriculture, resource management, and leaf-peeping.


Sep 8: Partner showcase: Learn how other groups are using Nature’s Notebook

2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific & AZ

Special for Local Phenology Leaders: Get insight, tools and tricks from other groups who are using phenology programs to meet science, outreach, and education goals. Would you like to share your experience? Email Theresa.


Oct 6: Year-end summary - what happened in 2015?

2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific & AZ

Join us to learn what your 2015 observations reveal, and the ways scientists are using your observations. We will cover results from the 2015 Campaigns, as well as a range of other results from observers across the country.


Specific Audience Webinars

 

Apr 9: Nature’s Notebook programs at your site—trust me, it's that easy!

Interactive online 2 hr class intended for Local Phenology Leaders

2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific & AZ
Are you a science, natural resources, or education leader at a park, Wildlife Refuge, nature center or other similar location? Maybe you are interested in using long-term phenology research and Nature's Notebook as part of your science or outreach programming but don't know how to get started? Join us for an interactive class on how to begin - from establishing goals for using phenology to creating a Nature's Notebook account for visitors at your site to enter data to using the data once you've collected it. LoriAnne Barnett will walk you through how to do all of these things in a class designed for folks who are intimidated and overwhelmed by all that Nature's Notebook can do.

Registration is on a first-come first served basis. Enrollment will be capped at 25 people, and we will take a waiting list.  Be sure to let us know if you sign up and it turns out you cannot attend.  Requirements for the course include a general understanding of phenology, a desire to establish a long-term monitoring program for science or outreach and education at your site, and a computer with an internet connection.  We will be having an open dialogue during the class, so this is a participatory class rather than a passive webinar. Come prepared for discussion! After you register you will receive an email with more instructions on how to participate.

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Aug 20: Teachers: Nature’s Notebook in the classroom—what can phenology help me teach, and how to I get started?

Interactive online 2 hr class intended for formal ed teachers

2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific & AZ

Are you a middle school, high school, or undergraduate level teacher or instructor? Interested in establishing a phenology monitoring program at your school to demonstrate to students the power of long-term observation and how it can be applicable to fields of inquiry? How about finding a way to collaborate with other teachers in your school or at schools across the US on a type of climate change education? Then this is a class for you. We will walk you though a program planning session and show you how to sign up for Nature's Notebook.  We'll talk about how Nature's Notebook can be designed to be a long-term program at your school, for more than one year, and learn how to engage students in the process of scientific discovery. 

Registration is on a first-come first served basis. Enrollment will be capped at 25 people, and we will take a waiting list.  Be sure to let us know if you sign up and it turns out you cannot attend.  Requirements for the course include a general understanding of phenology, a desire to establish a long-term monitoring program for science, math, english, or social studies education at your site, and a computer with an internet connection.  We will be having an open dialogue during the class, so this is a participatory class rather than a passive webinar. Come prepared for discussion! After you register you will receive an email with more instructions on how to participate.

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