SVT is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Project BudBurst
, a national citizen science program through which people across the United States make a meaningful contribution to the understanding of changes in our environment. Coordinated by the National Ecological Observatory Network
(NEON) and sponsored by the National Science Foundation
, Project BudBurst engages the public in monitoring plants as the seasons change.
Thousands of people from all 50 states have participated in Project BudBurst since the program began in 2007. Participants carefully observe and record the timing of the leafing, flowering, and fruiting of plants (plant phenophases) and then submit their data to the project coordinators either online at home or through an app on their smartphone. Because the information is collected in a consistent manner across the country, scientists can use the data to learn more about the responsiveness of individual plant species to changes in climate locally, regionally, and nationally.