Join or continue a Nature's Notebook campaign in 2019

Nature's Notebook  campaigns  are a great way to learn about the phenology of species of special interest. By collecting data for these campaigns, you contribute to important scientific research!

If you joined a campaign in a previous year, we'd love to have you stick with us. When you collect data for multiple years on the same plants and animal species, your data increase greatly in value.
By joining a campaign, you will receive campaign messages with early results, encouragement, observation tips, interesting links, and campaign-specific opportunities. 
To join, find a campaign near you on the map below, read the descriptions of the campaigns further down this email, then click on the "Sign me up" button.  You will receive messages every 4-6 weeks throughout the duration of the campaign. You can join as many campaigns as you like. 

Please note: If you participated in one or more of these campaigns last year, we have kept you on the list, so no need to sign up again this year.
National Campaigns
You can help improve the USA-NPN's Pheno Forecasts that predict activity of harmful pest species! Pest Patrol includes 13 species of pests that damage forest and agricultural trees. By signing up for the campaign, you will receive notifications that tell you when to look for life cycle stages such as active caterpillars and active adults in your area.
Monarchs rely on a wide variety of nectar sources spread over a large part of the United States. Changes to these food sources, through habitat loss, pesticide use, and/or climate change, can be costly to monarchs and other pollinators. Help us better understand the flowering phenology of important  nectar sources for monarchs and other pollinators .
This year, we are seeking observations of flowering and leaf color in your maples, oaks, and poplars! These observations will help us learn more about pollen activity and the timing of fall color. Of course, you are are still welcome to report on breaking leaf buds, leaves, and other phenophases as well.
Regional Campaigns
Your observations of  common lilac  ( Syringa vulgaris ) and native  flowering dogwood  ( Cornus florida ) life cycle events can enhance the decades of lilac phenology observations that have been collected across the United States. 
This spring, you will receive predictions of when your lilac will leaf-out and flower, an effort we call  Springcasting .
Phenology records in southwestern ecosystems are not as common as they are in other parts of the country. Your data on common southwest shrub and grass species will help researchers at the Jornada Experimental Range to assess and improve performance of models that predict timing of seasonal activity in these species.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service, in partnership with the USA-NPN, seeks to better understand where and when nectar sources are available for lesser long-nosed bats ( Leptonycteris yerbabuenae ) while they are in Southern Arizona raising their young. Your data will help the USFWS to better understand whether flowering timing is shifting and becoming mismatched with the presence of the bats.
Each year, mayflies emerge from the Upper Mississippi River in swarms that can number in the millions. Mayflies are an important food source for fish, but can be a public safety hazard when they swarm near lights on roads and bridges, pile up, and cause roads to be slick and dangerous for cars. Your reports from along the river will help document the timing of mayfly emergence and abundance of mayflies.
Remember, you can always manage the campaigns and newsletters you receive by editing your   Account Details You can also  learn more  about the specifics of registering and observing your plants.
Erin Posthumus