Nature’s Notebook Local Phenology Leader Clinic and Rally

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 5:00pm
Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 6005 Bayou Heron Rd, Moss Point, Mississippi, 39562
Coordinating Agency: 
Nature's Notebook & Grand Bay NERR
Training Description: 

The USA-NPN's National Coordinating Office (NCO) is excited to host the first biennial Clinic designed specifically for Local Phenology Leaders(LPLs) working on long-term Local Phenology Programs (LPP) using Nature's Notebook! After gathering for the 10-year anniversary of the USA-NPN in October 2018, many Leaders said they would welcome the opportunity to get together again in person and share ideas.

Long-term Nature's Notebook phenology monitoring programs are designed to meet the needs of local researchers and land managers who have phenology monitoring ideas. They also as create pathways for volunteer observers to participate in the Nature's Notebook Citizen Science program. Many LPLs have collaborated in their communitities with local organizations to develop a plan for continuous engagement with science and the natural world.

The Clinic is designed to bring LPLs together, regardless of how far along they are in the implementation of the Local Phenology Program. Clinic participants will gain skills for implementing Nature's Notebook Programs and be inspired by others doing the same work in the field. The Clinic will be relevant to any researcher, land manager, or educator who is interested in recruiting volunteers to become observers for Nature's Notebook at their chosen location.

The Clinic will be held at the Grand Bay National Esturarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Moss Point, Mississippi, October 4-5, 2019. It is co-sponsored by the USA-NPN NCO, the NERR (whose staff have graciously offered to host us), the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, and the members of Gulf Coast Phenology Trail.

If you are someone who hosts a Local Phenology Program, this Clinic is for you! The schedule is designed to help you enhance your Nature's Notebook LPP. It will include highlights from existing programs on how they work with local audiences as well as hands-on and interactive sessions designed to create usable deliverables by the end of the second day. We will celebrate the work Leaders do in the field on behalf of our Network.

The Clinic schedule will include talks delivered by NCO staff, Gulf Coast Phenology Trail volunteers, a session on using Nature's Notebook data, program evaluation, and a group-think session with deliverables. We will take a field trip via boat to learn about the local ecosystem and visit both the NERR and NWR to learn about their phenology monitoring efforts.

Six local phenology leaders, who use Nature’s Notebook, will be presenting their work. You are welcome to bring a poster with you to share your impact, please do!