Bud watching

Posted by Laura Grant on February 18, 2008
Posted in Green News

bud.jpgCitizen scientists across the US are enthusiastically helping researchers get a more detailed picture of how the changing climate is affecting the environment. Through Project Budburst, ordinary people are keeping track of trees and flowers in their neighbourhoods, recording when they come into bud, grow leaves, start to flower and disperse their seeds. Then they submit their observations online, where they can also view maps of these events across the United States.

“Project BudBurst is designed to help both adults and children understand the changing relationship among climate, seasons, and plants, while giving the participants the tools to communicate their observations to others,” the project’s co-ordinator says.

An example of how things have already changed can be seen in Japan, where cherry trees apparently now bloom four days earlier than in the 1950s.

Via:: Environment News Service

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