The USA National Phenology Network is a national-scale science and monitoring initiative focused on phenology, which is the study of seasonal life-cycle events such as leafing, flowering, reproduction and migration, as a tool to understand how plants, animals and landscapes respond to environmental variation and change.
Timely and widely-distributed phenological information at national scales is critical for
The use of standardized protocols and strict quality assurance and quality control techniques created a first-rate dataset on seasonal plant and animal activity to aid resource management decision-making under changing environments.
NPN data and associated models were used to document a 4% extension of the growing season in the eastern United States over the last three decades, which has implications (both positive and negative) for local activities and economies, such as maple syrup and honey production, bird migrations, cultural festivals, harvesting of native herbs and biological sequestration of carbon.
People who make decisions about resource management and adaptation to variable and changing climates and environments, including
Top Photo: Volunteer Rich MacIntosh releases a banded landbird as part of the refuge's citizen science bird banding station. Photo courtesy of Lisa Hupp, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.