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Dear Friends,

Spring is in full swing now, and with it, I find a renewed sense of dedication to the wonders nature has to offer.


My favorite thing about becoming an observer with Nature’s Notebook is that, by honing in on such seemingly inconsequential details as a breaking leaf bud on a cottonwood, we are actually contributing to knowledge of the bigger picture. We are living in a tumultuous climate, a time when those who have devoted their lives to understanding our natural world are realizing the very true possibility that we may lose much if it in our lifetimes. Today, more than ever, gathering knowledge about how we may be able to lessen our impact and increase our respect, is of utmost importance.

If you've been looking to get more involved in our work on the Trail, see below for a workshop opportunity coming up this Sunday! Thank you for joining in this quest with me.

Best regards and happy observing,
                    

                  
News From The Trail
We are thrilled to announce that Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is now an official partner on the Rio Grande Phenology Trail!
We are up and running with the following species:
As our volunteer base grows, we would like to add additional species including Little Leaf Sumac, Cottontail Rabbit, Creosote, and New Mexico Olive. 

We welcome your input! Please contact Jessica at RGPTinfo@usanpn.org with any questions or comments.
Skill Builder
Spring has sprung in all its glory! It's an
exciting time to get outside! Whether you have been observing with us for a while, or you are a brand new member of our team, the articles below will brighten up your skill set!

Learn how to navigate your Observation Deck

Clear up those questions on Entering Data

Tired of fumbling with paper data sheets? Get the App

Dont let that moble app trip you up! Mobile App Tip Sheet
 
The Bigger Picture
 Phenology affects nearly all
aspects of the environment, including the abundance, distribution, and diversity of organisms, ecosystem services, food webs, and the global cycles of water and carbon.
How plants and animals respond to climate can help us predict whether their populations will grow or shrink – making phenology a leading indicator of climate change impacts. 
 
Check out this review article in TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution to brush up on just how closely phenology and climate are intertwined, and what this means for global carbon cycling.
Upcoming Events
After months of planning, our Nature's Notebook Volunteer Orientation at Valle de Oro is just around the corner. This hands-on workshop is designed to give new volunteers the knowledge, confidence, and sense of RGPT community support needed to get out and observe! The workshop will be held at Valle de Oro on Sunday May 15th from 9 - 4pm. Registration is $10, and includes lunch and the beautiful new Botany Primer. Click here to reserve your spot before midnight on May 13th!

Also, it is that time again for another Local Phenology Leaders' Meeting of the Minds! The exact date is still to be determined. If you are interested in attending, please email Jessica at RGPTinfo@usanpn.org.

Contact

Jessica Allen
RGPT Trail Coordinator
RGPTinfo@usanpn.org
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