There is a lot to celebrate this season as your efforts have reached a new milestone: 30,000,000 phenology records collected through Nature's Notebook! These data have been collected by 24,136 observers since 2009, and includes data on 70,221 plants and 22,989 animals at 18,348 sites!
The 30 millionth record was observed by Nika Gonzaga, a freshman in the Honors Biology program at Desert View High School in Tucson, AZ. She observed young leaves on a desert willow on her campus. When asked about her thoughts on the project, she responded "As a freshman, this is my first time ever gathering research like this. It was enjoyable and a very simple task. I hope to do more research on other plants."
Her teacher, Cynthia Uber, had this to say about using Nature's Notebook as part of her curriculum: "My students enjoy taking a break from the classroom and going outside to the Phenology Trail we have on our High School Campus. They love using the app as it makes reporting their observations easier and quicker. We are using the data to see how climate change is affecting the species we have on our campus."
This is an incredible achievement that could not have been done without your hard work and dedication to this project. Thank you so much for your efforts, and we look forward to celebrating many more achievements with you in the years to come.