USA NPN National Phenology Network

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An observer who took this picture in his backyard reported "yes" to flower visitation for a monarch butterfly, and "yes" to open flowers on the milkweed plant.

Image credit:
Howard B. Eskin

Resources for Researchers

A primary goal of the USA-NPN is to advance science in the field of phenology and beyond. Phenology research spans the fields of climate science, natural resource management, remote sensing, ecology, evolutionary biology, and many more. Read below to find out more information on how you as a scientist can interact with the USA-NPN. 

Researchers can work with the National Coordinating Office on a collaborating project to collect data for a specific project. We can help you connect with observers to promote the need for data on your species and phenophase of interest and to share your results with a broad audience. 

Researchers can explore the immense data resources curated by the USA-NPN, which include observational data and gridded data.  All USA-NPN data is freely available for download and use. 

Ensure that your data collection efforts can be used in a larger context by using the USA-NPN protocols independently or as part of Nature's Notebook.  These protocols have been scientifically vetted and published, and are used by many partner organizations, including the National Ecological Observatory Network

Join one of our phenology research communities of practice. We facilitate or participate in research communities that include phenology modeling, land surface phenology and remote sensing validation, and indigenous phenology.  Learn more by signing up for the Leaflet, our newsletter targeted to phenology researchers, and catch up on prior newsletters

Are you writing a proposal and interested in a letter of support from the USA-NPN, or an active collaboration on a ongoing or future phenology project?  Please contact us no less than two months before your proposal is due to determine if it is a good fit and there are shared interests. Proposals that use USA-NPN data to develop predictive phenological models or integrate USA-NPN observational or gridded data with land surface phenology products are of particular interest at this time.