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Join us in one of our campaigns this year - the species highlighted in these efforts are of special interest to scientists and managers. Be sure to sign up to receive the campaign-specific messages!

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Dennis Rosemartin

Join a Campaign

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. Use the map to determine which campaigns are appropriate for your location, and then learn the details on the campaign pages linked from the table below.

If you opt to participate in one of the campaigns, be sure to sign up to receive the campaign-specific messages in your email in-box! These messages, arriving approximately every four to six weeks, will provide project updates and early results, helpful tips, and campaign-specific opportunities. Don't miss out! Look for the sign-up in the right sidebar of the campaign pages.

Cloned and Common Lilacs

Your observations of lilac life cycle events can enhance the decades of lilac phenology records that have been collected across the U.S. Plant and observe a cloned lilac or report observations of a common lilac already established in your yard.

Cloned and Native Flowering Dogwoods (see map)

Observations of cloned and native flowering dogwood are valued for the data gap they fill, especially in the southeastern U.S.

Green Wave: Maples, Oaks, and Poplars

Help scientists and natural resources managers track the “green wave” - the flush of green that accompanies leaf-out - over the course of the spring season, and the spread of seasonal color across the country in the autumn. Click on your region below to see which species are of most interest for your location.

Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains North, Great Plains South, Northwest, Southwest, Alaska

New! Shady Invaders

You can help researchers at Penn State University to explore the timing of leaves on invasive and native shrubs and better understand how (or if) increased shading is actually impacting deciduous forest ecosystems. 

New! Southwest Season Trackers

Your observations of Southwest shrubs and grasses will be used to verify predicted dates of start and end of the growing season based on an ongoing six-year study of plant phenology on the Jornada Experimental Range in southern New Mexico. 

New! Mayfly Watch

You can join this effort by learning to identify two species of mayflies and reporting at the Mayfly Watch phenology monitoring sites or your own location. 

Though we are most interested in the species listed above, you are are welcome to collect and submit observations on any of the 943 species of plants and animals for which protocols are available.