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USA National Phenology Network
September 12, 2018
We know that the timing of spring is changing. What does that mean for migratory birds? A new study from USA-NPN and USGS researchers published in PLOS One finds that in recent decades, spring is arriving extremely early in half of national wildlife refuges. These changes are not consistent across migratory flyways, with spring advancing significantly earlier in the north for most flyways. Explore the findings on our USFWS Phenology Network website.
Celebrating 10 Years of the USA-NPN
This month we highlight the long-term observers who have participated in Nature's Notebook in each of the last 10 years! There are 30 observers who have reached this milestone so far, including Marjorie Johnson. She keeps careful phenology records of forsythia, dogwood, and red oak, and also notes animals she sees in her yard such as white-tailed deer. Through her many years of observations, she has noticed small details about her plants that she never knew before, such as that a late fall flowering of her forsythia means fewer blooms the following spring.
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