A New Citizen Science Opportunity in Couturie Forest!

Help City Park make observations about our trees! In conjunction with the USA National Phenology Network, City Park has created a way for Park users to collect data that will help track regional patterns and changes in our tree phenology!

"Phenology is the study of recurring plant and animal life cycle states and their timing and relationships with climate and other abiotic factors…Phenology is nature’s calendar – when cherry trees bloom, when a robin builds its nest and when leaves turn color in the fall” (www.usanpn.org). Phenology…is perhaps the simplest process in which to track changes in the ecology of species in response to climate change” (IPCC 2007).

All observations collected by Nature’s Notebook users are sent to a national organization used to evaluate the effects of climate change. Bring your family, your class, your colleagues and spend some time learning about some of Louisiana’s native trees!

Check out this video to see how Nature’s Notebook is connecting volunteers and being used at a park in CA!
Want to help?!

1. Set up an account and join the Couturie Forest Phenology Trail through naturesnotebook.org.
2. Download the free Nature’s Notebook app.
3. Head out to the forest to find the12 trees we have marked on our phenology trail. The app will ask you certain yes or no questions about each tree.

Interested in learning more? Want to be part of our Nature’s Notebook volunteer team? Contact Lindsay Kirsch, Sustainability Coordinator at lkirsch@nocp.org

Helpful Links:
Become an Observer

Nature’s Notebook Education Program

Nature’s Notebook Activities