USFWS employees, Biologists, Visitor Service Specialists, Educators.
Summary and Objectives:
Phenology can inform many aspects of management of wildlife and their habitats, such as knowing which species of birds are breeding on your refuge, when to treat , and when to harvest native seeds. Phenology can also inform visitors about when to see species of interest, provide a strong scientific basis for education programming, and help plan outreach and education events. In this 2-day training, you will learn how to use the USA National Phenology Network's plant and animal observation program, Nature's Notebook, and other tools and resources on the USA-NPN's website to meet your needs for management and outreach.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Become familiar with the infrastructure of the USA National Phenology Network's Nature's Notebook program.
- Create a program plan, logic model, and action plan to guide phenology monitoring at your Refuge.
- Learn how to visualize your data with the USA-NPN Visualization Tool and create data summaries to share with staff and volunteers.
- Explore volunteer engagement strategies and create an action plan for volunteer management.
- Learn how to create an annual phenology report to keep track of your program.