I hope your summer and fall have treated you well. Lots has been happening with the USA-NPN, mostly good, and definitely not boring!
A major change we have been absorbing is the transition of our long running and much loved team member, Alyssa Rosemartin, to another position. Alyssa has been part of the USA-NPN team since very close to the beginning of the organization's existence and played a huge role in shaping our big picture vision and goals, the IT infrastructure, our internal team functioning, relationship building with many partners, data analysis, and so much more. She now shares her time and talents with a local community-building organization in Salem, MA. We miss her and wish her the best!
Most of the country is now experiencing the wonderful season of autumn. It's exciting that the news media is recognizing the USA-NPN can be a resource for information about this season as well. This past week we were thrilled to summarize the many records of fruit ripening that Nature's Notebook participants have contributed for NPR to corroborate nationwide observations of mast events in oaks and other nut-bearing trees. Check out the piece on Weekend Edition Saturday! Thank you for filling out those intensity and abundance questions when you observe!
And speaking of media, what is your social media platform of choice these days? I have pretty much given up on
Twitter X; I'm now trying out Bluesky (mostly), LinkedIn (a bit) and Instagram (even less). Let me know where I can find you!
Have a great autumn!