The warm winter is causing many flowering plants to bloom early. Scientists can learn much from observing how plants are responding to the warm temperatures and can even predict how they will adapt in the future, but they need your help!
"The Chicago Botanic Garden has recently taken over Project BudBurst, a national citizen science project designed so you can help us collect just such data, and in this very warm year, it is more important than ever that we collect as much data as possible."
Project BudBurst is collecting bloom dates on forsythia (Forsythia × intermedia), red maple (Acer rubrum), and Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica). When you see that first yellow forsythia bloom, the first leaf on your red maple, or that first bluebell bud open, let scientists know by contributing to Project BudBurst. Click on the link above to set up an account and record your information.
Thanks to "My Chicago Botanic Garden-A blog" for sharing this information.
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