April showers, May flowers: Phenology Citizen Science Projects for Spring

By Lily Bui | May 8, 2014 9:53 am

Fatigued from measuring all that April precipitation? Embrace cheerful blooms all around you and share your phenology observations (seasonal changes in plants and animals, year to year) with these citizen science projects. Find more phenology projects on SciStarter.


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Project BudBurst

Choose a plant to monitor and share your observations with others online. Improve understanding of continental-scale environmental change. Get started!


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Nature’s Notebook

Gather information on plant and animal phenology to be used for decision-making on local, national and global scales. Goal: collect one million observation records in 2014! Get started!

(Image: Brian Forbes Powell)


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Mountain Watch

Planning to be in the Appalachian mountains? Participate in alpine ecology and climate science research! Get started!


This post originally appeared on the SciStarter blog.

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  • TheNomadicFamily

    lovely links Lilly :) i liked the quality information about flowering, budding, shower everything :) thanks for sharing

  • Paul L

    Educators and environmental outreach coordinators can also run their very own citizen science project using the free online tools at WildlifeSightings.net


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About Lily Bui

Lily Bui is the Executive Editor of SciStarter and holds dual degrees in International Studies and Spanish from the University of California Irvine. She currently works in public media at the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) in Cambridge, MA. Previously, she helped produce the radio show Re:sound for the Third Coast International Audio Festival, out of WBEZ Chicago. In past lives, she has worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; served in AmeriCorps in Montgomery County, Maryland; worked for a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter; and performed across the U.S. as a touring musician. This fall, she will be entering a masters program at MIT. In her spare time, she thinks of cheesy science puns.


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