Budburst allows students, researchers, nature lovers, environmentalists, and communities to observe and report plant life cycle events and when they occur. The purpose of this application is to collect and share data of when plants bloom or flower to look at changes in flowering patterns. The observations of plants’ phenophases helps scientists better understand effects of climate change on plants and flowering ecosystems. You can take photos and share your data to a database that has thousands of contributors that are helping the world better understand plant life cycles and phenology.

How to join

Visit Budburst.org and register for an account. Click on the link that says register in the top right corner of the webpage. You can register by email, Google, Facebook, Twitter, or sciStarter. 

How to navigate the site

It is easy and can be used on any smart device that has the internet. Once you have created an account and are logged in, the right-hand corner contains a green link that says “new”. To upload an observation, click the link and add a photo, date, location, and any other notes or details necessary. Then click “save observation” at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. 

Why using Budburst is fun and important!

This app is a great resource for scientists, educators, or horticulturalists to review flowering trends in specific areas. The data that has been collected over the years is accessible to anyone and readily available for research and/or educational purposes. This citizen science app can help save rare plants and help conservationists protect other plants. The data collected and shared helps monitor changes in plant life cycles and trends to what is contributing to these trends such as environmental factors such as climate change.

For more information on Budburst, check out this video.

Now that you know about Budburst, we challenge you to use the app to observe plant life cycle events around your community. Take a screenshot and send us the observations that you upload. Tell us why you think this observation is important. Submit your answer by messaging our Instagram account at @YCITYSCI for the chance to win a prize and your answer be featured on our page! New Budburst related questions will be added to our Instagram story and page throughout the week. Respond to these questions to have a chance to win additional prizes!

Fun Facts!

We hope you all enjoy our week of Tea Bag Index! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments about those activities.

We are now going to transition into our next week full of Budburst activities on our Instagram! Below are some interesting facts about soil. Are there any other soil facts that you would like to share with our team? Message us on Instagram to let us know!

  1. Wildflowers grow without needing cultivation
  2. There are over 300 plant species on the plant list 
  3. Plants are divided into 5 groups in Budburst including: deciduous trees and shrubs, conifers, broadleaf evergreens, grasses, and wildflowers and herb
  4. You can join or create groups on this application 
  5. Over 16,000 people from all over the world have submitted observations to Budburst
  6. Conifers produce cones instead of flowers
  7. Budburst is supported by a private endowment for native habitats restoration
  8. 11 journal articles have been published containing data from Budburst 
  9. Website contains printable observation report forms to take to the field with you if needed
  10. Deciduous trees and shrubs are woody plants that shed leaves at the end of the growing season usually in the winter months. 
  11. Data is freely available to download and use to anyone in either csv or excel formats
  12. Broadleaf evergreens maintain green leaves all year
  13. Remote learning curriculum for grades 3-5 is available on Budburst
  14. Grasses are plants with long, linear leaves growing from the base of the plant and tiny, wind-pollinated flowers
  15. Originally Budburst was hosted by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) but transferred to the Chicago Botanical Gardens in 2017.

Photo Credits

Flowering tree photo by Snapwire from Pexels

Red flowers photo from Pixabay from Pexels