WK 31 - Nature's Notebook: Tracking Phenology for Research, Management and Education in the Face of Climate Change--FREE 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM
18C, Austin Convention Center
Organizer: Jake F. Weltzin
Co-organizers: Carolyn A.F. Enquist and Alyssa Rosemartin
This workshop will introduce participants to the programs and products of the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN; www.usanpn.org), with a focus on Nature’s Notebook, a national-scale monitoring program designed to increase our understanding of climate change and environmental variation on the phenology of natural ecological systems. We will introduce participants to other tools available to engage scientists, managers, students, and the public in phenological studies and monitoring programs that will contribute to and utilize the new national database for phenology. In addition, we will describe, demonstrate, and discuss opportunities to integrate phenology, ecology, and climate change research into formal and informal education settings and citizen science programs. Speakers will introduce resources, methods, and case studies; the workshop will culminate in breakout group discussions to address specific questions. Participants will leave the workshop with tools and techniques that they can bring to their own science or resource management programs or activities. In addition, this workshop will be of particular interest to coordinators developing or conducting education/outreach programs that focus on earth stewardship, climate literacy or science literacy through active learning, engagement and participatory activities.
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