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.
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.
Carry on, Citizen Scientists!