Citizen Scientists Learn from Flowers

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Project Budburst volunteers record the opening of flowers as a way to monitor the effects of climate change.

Photo by Janice Lorentz

People across the country are learning what plants say about global warming.

Project Budburst sends citizen scientists outside to record the dates when local plants open their leaves, flower, bear fruit, and go dormant or die. As the climate warms, the timing of each event changes. “Scientists can’t be everywhere.

We need people to tell us what they see,” says Carol Brewer, a co-founder of the project and biology professor at the University of Montana. Check out


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