I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. I realize many of your lives have been upended during the pandemic and phenology may be the last thing on your mind! But outside our windows, spring activity continues to unfold.
Many of you may be able to safely continue to track plants and animals in your backyard. The few minutes you spend observing may be a welcome respite from the onslaught of news and information coming from so many directions. Others may be unable to access sites that are now closed to the public, or simply juggling too much. We here at USA-NPN understand these difficulties and will welcome you back to the program whenever life permits you!
While we are grateful for any observations you contribute to document plant and animal activity during this time, please only participate if you can maintain safe social distancing and adhere to guidelines for your area.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of
as well as the penultimate week of
Citizen Science Month
. I hope you will take a few moments to appreciate your own efforts in recording important information about plant and animal phenology. We certainly do!