Citizen scientists have now contributed over one million recorded observations to a climate and nature database run by the US National Phenology Network. It's a good day for phenology!
The US Geological Survey (USGS), which runs USNPN , released the details in an announcement today:
"The millionth observation was done by Lucille Tower, a citizen-scientist in Portland,Ore.,who entered a record about seeing maple vines flowering.Her data, like all of the entries, came in through USA-NPN’s online observation program,Nature's Notebook,which engages more than 4,000 volunteers across the country to observe and record phenology–the timing of the recurring life events of plants and animals such as when cherry trees or lilacs blossom, when robins build their nests, when salmon swim upstream to spawn or when leaves turn colors in the fall."
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