Wednesday, March 12, 2008

It's Spring!


Yay! While the season may wreak havoc on your sinuses it's a good chance to head outside and learn some local plants, and maybe help some science nerds in the process.

Project BudBurst is a national field campaign designed to engage the public in the collection of important data on the timing of leafing and flowering of trees and other plants. BudBurst participants collect and submit observations of events such as the first bud burst, first leafing, first flower, and seed or fruit dispersal of trees and other plants, including weeds and ornamentals. The idea is that scientists can then use this data to learn about the responses of plant species to climatic variation locally, regionally, and nationally, and to detect longer-term impacts of climate change by comparing with historical data.