Sonoran Seasonal
Highlights from the Tucson Phenology Trail

Issue #3

It's Fall!

Somehow it is already October and our summer monsoons have moved along. As you can see from the photo on the left, my Desert Tortoise, Cara is seeking final snacks before she goes into her den for the winter. What are some of your favorite Sonoran Desert signs of fall?  We are excited to have new local partners gearing up for phenology monitoring and several more student workers and volunteers to help us make our program more robust. Next week is #PhenoWeek2016! Participate in our Phenology Photo Contest to win prizes for visiting the Tucson Phenology Trail. Happy observing!

LoriAnne Barnett
Education Coordinator & Local Phenology Leader, USA-NPN

Trail Tales

Welcome, Manzo Elementary School!

The Tucson Phenology Trail is excited to have Escuela Manzo in Barrio Hollywood join us as the newest member! Students and teachers at Manzo are invited to collect observations in their school courtyard and their Desert Biome. Thanks to Blue Baldwin, Manzo's Ecology Program Coordinator, for her vision! Also many thanks to UA students in Lisa Parce's AED 150 course for selecting plants over the summer.  Finally, thanks to our Jenny Moscato, our Community Outreach Associate and new student workers who are making it as easy as can be for teachers and community members to help us establish a long-term dataset for the school. Join Jenny at the Desert Biome on Friday October 7th at 5:30 pm to learn more about the project. Details below! 

          Inspiring Observations           

Candy Barrel Cactus
Ferocactus wislizenii
These beautiful cacti bloom either orange, red or yellow throughout the summer months. It might be hard to believe, but autumn has officially begun. This might be your last chance to see these vibrant hues on the Candy Barrel until next summer!
Photo taken Aug. 29, by Jenny Moscato
Submit your seasonal phenology photos to or post on our Facebook Group. Tag a photo on Instagram with #TucsonPhenologyTrail.

The Big Picture

New Additions to the USA-NPN Office

There are a number of talented undergraduate and graduate interns working at the office headquarters this year! Meet them below!

Julianna Renzi is a senior at the University of Arizona studying environmental science and Arabic. This is her second year working with USA-NPN through the NASA Space Grant program, in which she analyzing phenology trends in the Nature's Notebook data. Her internship has shown her how to conduct meaningful scientific research, and after graduation, in part thanks to her experience with the NPN, she plans on pursing a PhD in ecology.

Ryan Hoffman is a senior in Plant Sciences and is excited to use his position as Outreach Coordinator in the USA-NPN office as a platform to communicate ideas related to both plants and phenology. He hopes to use his botanical knowledge to help people gain a better understanding of the implications human activities have on plants and the environment, and increase awareness of environmental changes taking place.

Jenny Moscato is a first-year graduate student in the Landscape Architecture program working to connect communities in West Tucson with native plants in their neighborhoods. Specifically, she is focused on getting citizen scientists of all ages to volunteer in and around Barrio Hollywood and the Mission Gardens. She is looking forward to getting to know these communities better and hopes to relay information about what fun activities Nature’s Notebook can stimulate in the unique and tight-knit communities.

Travis Dennis is a junior at the UA, studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as Natural Resources. He is currently working with the Nature’s Notebook program as a youth educator and is excited to get kids interested in local ecology. Travis helped out at the UA's Insect Festival a few weeks ago!

Carrie Stine is a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She grew up in Montana with a love for the outdoors and a passion for its preservation. She is excited to be working with USA-NPN, so she can study the impacts of climate change and help students discover an interest in the environment.

Upcoming Events

Win Prizes during Phenology Week 2016!
Check out our PhenoWeek2016 landing page for more information on your chance to win prizes next week, October 2nd-8th, during the annual Phenology Week celebration. Visit any Nature's Notebook site around Tucson, take a photo of yourself observing a phenological event occurring there, and upload it to Facebook to be entered into a drawing to win prizes! 

Friday, October 7, 5:30-6:30PM 
Phenology Walk at Barrio Hollywood, Manzo Elementary Desert Biome
Join U of A Landscape Architecture student and USA-NPN Community Outreach Associate Jenny Moscato for a walking-tour through the Desert Biome on N. Cuesta Ave. and W. Ontario St. This event takes place during Phenology Week, so by attending you have a chance to win prizes just by taking a photo of yourself at the site, observing a phenological event happening there and uploading the photo to Facebook! Any and all are welcome whether you're an experienced Nature's Notebook citizen scientist or new to the program. 


Fourth Mondays
Monthly "Coffee Walk" at the UA Campus Arboretum

Join us on the fourth Monday of every month, from 9am - 10am, for a "Coffee Walk" and phenology lecture at the UA Campus Arboretum's Joseph Wood Krutch Garden. We will meet by the Cat Statue, learn about phenology and collect observations for the Nature's Notebook Citizen Science Program. FREE, locally sourced coffee from EXO Roasters will be provided! Just bring a mug and an interest in learning about what is blooming and which critters are visiting this month in the garden. Email to RSVP. 

December Workshop
We will be hosting a Tucson Phenology Trail meet up and Nature's Notebook workshop in early December, date TBD soon. It will be held at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, one of our Trail locations. Join us to learn how to collect observations and meet some of the folks who host Nature's Notebook sites around town. Email if you are interested in participating!


Stay tuned for more information about dates and times and other events we will host! Take a look at our Tucson Phenology Trail Google Calendar for more info.

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