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Refuge Highlights: Examples of how Refuges are working with USA-NPN

The basics on USA-NPN and our partnership with USFWS

How to get started with phenology monitoring

What to do with the data you collect

Especially for Educators

Quarterly Newsletter Archive

Sign up for our USFWS Phenology Network Newsletter, which provides updates on our Partnership and resources to assist Refuges in implementing phenology monitoring. 

  • Summer 2017: Training opportunities at NCTC this fall
  • Spring 2017: New monitoring effort - Flowers for Bats in Arizona 
  • Winter 2017: Spring Nature's Notebook trainings
  • Fall 2016: New Phenology Trail Coordinators
  • Summer 2016: Apply for a phenology workshop at your Refuge
  • Spring 2016: Phenology maps, Americorps as a model for Refuges
  • Winter 2016: Maps of spring onset and Cit Sci presentations
  • Fall 2015: Increased Federal recognition of citizen science
  • Summer 2015: Results from Mayfly Watch, Americorps at Valle de Oro NWR
  • Spring 2015: Mayfly Watch, Workshop resources and DOI Learn course
  • Winter 2015: Highlights from Valle de Oro NWR, Summarized Data, NCTC Webinar

Customizable Materials

Where can I find volunteers to help with monitoring?

  • Here is an editable Citizen Scientist Job Description that you can modify for your use. This was created by the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. 
  • Refuge Friends Group: The obvious first place to start! Your Friends members are familiar with your Refuge and the animals and plants that live on it
  • Local Master Naturalist Chapter: Pass along our workshop resources and enlist a volunteer to assist your efforts as part of their service project (job description included)
  • Americorps: A one-year Americorps volunteer can start up your phenology monitoring program
  • Student Conservation Association: In positions ranging from a few weeks to a few months, students can assist with monitoring, or get your phenology monitoring program up and running
  • Apply for a Hands on the Land grant with your Friends group to support teachers, volunteers or staff
  • Incorporate Nature's Notebook into your Schoolyard Habitat project
  • Recruit other volunteers from Nature Centers, Audubon groups, Master Gardeners, and more

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