Project BudBurst!

Here’s another opportunity for you Citizen Scientists out there. Project Budburst is a national effort that collects and analyzes the observations of gardeners on the timing of leafing out, flowering, and fruiting. It was started in 2007 to document the effects of climate change on plants, and is currently coordinated by the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Virginia Bluebells
Virginia Bluebells

You can enter as much or as little data as you want, so the commitment is completely flexible. There’s a list of trees, flowers, and grasses being monitored for every state.

This is also an easy way to keep a garden journal, which is a resolution I make every year but always fail to keep. Also, you can check on the data in real time in order to see what’s blooming for other gardeners in your city or across the country.


Plus, it’s an opportunity to develop kids’ interest in plants and science. Kind of makes me wish we still had little kids around the house.

Click here for more information on Project Budburst.

And speaking of Citizen Science, it’s still not too late to participate in the 2016-2017 Project FeederWatch. Data is being collected through April 6th. For details, click this link.

Carry on, Citizen Scientists!

30 Comments on “Project BudBurst!”

  1. Definitely interested. Thanks Jason for the heads up. Unlike much of the rest of the country, the maritime Pacific Northwest is, on average, colder this winter. My crocus and hellebores are finally blooming right now, rather than in January, which was the case in the last few years.

  2. That is a great idea – not only for the information it provides but also that it gets you outside, purposefully looking at your garden. We are so busy doing this and that all the time, that we end up missing so many transient garden wonders.

  3. I wasn’t aware of this one–thanks for the information! Most of my spring bloomers are ready to bloom–just in time for this weekend’s bitter weather! The only thing that has bloomed so far is a patch of snowdrops, but I’m guessing we’ll have quite a show of blooms next week. Thanks, again, for sharing this.

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