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Early Spring Flowers
Project BudBurst: Recording the Signs of Spring
My grandmother was an avid gardener and observer of nature. She kept careful track of when the snow melted, buds emerged in the Spring and when each flower burst into bloom. Records like these are now being sought by Project BudBurst to create a database that will help scientists better understand Global Warming.
Find out more about Project BudBurst and what you can do this spring to help.
Spring Flowers and Global Warming
Do you notice flowers as they begin to bloom in the spring? I love to see their bright colors and smell the fragrance they emit. Now this love of flowers and observation of seasonal change can help in the effort to understand Global Warming.
As winter comes to an end, you can begin to watch for signs of spring. The days begin to get longer, birds begin to return and flowers begin to swell with buds. Noticing when those very first buds poke out on the ends of branches or pop out of the ground is what Project BudBurst is looking for.
Take the kids outdoors each day to observe, send in your data, and you too can help in this effort to observe the effects of global warming.
Project BudBurst is recording the Signs of Spring - When do the flowers start to bud?
- Volunteers Across Nation to Track Climate Clues in Spring Flowers
BOULDER-A nationwide initiative starting tomorrow will enable volunteers to track climate change by observing the timing of flowers and foliage. Project BudBurst, operated by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and a team of pa
Learn more about Project Busburst
Come join people all over the country who keep track of when flowers first open up in the spring. Scientists are asking ordinary citizens to help out. It is an easy task and delightful hobby.
In fact, watching for early spring buds and blossoms is very exciting for young children. What a great project for grandparents and grandchildren to do together.
- Invite the Grandkids over
- Walk around your yard or neighborhood
- Note the temperature of the air and maybe even measure the temperature of the ground.
- Each time you notice a new bud or blossom, write it down with the date and take a picture of it.
- When you get back home, send in a report
It is just that simple.
Join Project Budburst
- Project BudBurst
By joining you will be helping, along with thousands of other citizen observers all across the country, to collect data needed to notice the effects of global warming.
Crocus in the Early Spring
Crocus are one of the First Springtime Flowers - Planting Crocuses for Spring
Plant crocus bulbs in your yard and you will have hundreds of beautiful blossoms bursting open in the early spring. Here in Vermont they come up even when there is still snow on the ground. With so much snow each year the first flowers blossoming create a time of celebration.
Read about caring for crocuses and then get out and plant as many as you can. You will love to see the blossoms next spring.
News about Project BudBurst
- Be a citizen scientist in 2009
Project BudBurst, which invites participants to watch the trees and plants native to their areas for leafing and flowering times. The data collected will be used to monitor climate change across the U.S. But, since it lets us get our hands dirty,
- Citizen scientists of Baltimore: get intimate with a Black-eyed Susan - Baltimore Brew
Twelve science institutions across the country are enlisting volunteer citizen scientists to track climate change by studying local natural phenomena. Here in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center is coordinating the Black-eyed Susan study along wi
- Colorado State to Host Hands-On Science Workshop on Seasonal Changes in Living Organisms March 27
The data collected from the project is analyzed as part of the National Phenology Network and Project BudBurst, monitoring long-term climate and global change. - News & Information - Colorado State University
Everyday observations are being sought for tracking changes that might spring from global warming.
Noticing Signs of Spring
Springtime Scavenger Hunt
It's spring! Go out on a scavenger hunt with your family or friends and look for signs of spring around you.
- Brainstorm items you might find on your walk
- List these items on pieces of paper (One paper per group)
- Take along a camera to record your observation and assign one person to take photos.
- Assign another member of the group to keep records in your nature journal.
- Be sure to date your finds
What other signs of spring did you discover? When you get home, draw pictures of your favorite finds.
- USGS Release: Volunteers across the Nation to Track Climate Clues in Spring Flowers
Starting this week, citizen-scientist volunteers will be able to help track climate change by observing and recording the timing of flowers and foliage.
Recording Buds Bursting for Project BudBurst - Journal or Diary for Project BudBurst Observations
Have you seen any signs of spring yet where you live? A journal can help you keep track of buds bursting day to day, month to month and even year to year. Help Project BudBurst record the coming of spring.
What causes flowers to bloom? - Nara Institute of Science and Technology Flower Budding Stimulation
Scientists are trying to determine the factors that tell a flower to bloom.
Flowers Blooming as a Sign of Spring
Photo Credit: Signs of Spring are popping up everywhere....
on Flickr, Creative Commons
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