The Latest Buzz at Project BudBurst

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There always seems to be a lot of activity in the Project BudBurst community. We will use this page to share what is going on with our partners and participants. Check back often to stay on top of what is happening. If you have something to share, contact

Project BudBurst data are being used for PopClock science

We're delighted to share this update from the PopClock science team.

"PopClock began its first season in spring 2013 and we were excited to recruit our first group of Project BudBurst citizen scientists. These dedicated participants reported on dates of spring leaf emergence in stands of balsam poplar and quaking aspen from across the continent— Alaska to the Rockies and east to the Great Lakes and New England. Between January and August of this year, over 40 observations were collected on quaking aspen, plus a few for balsam poplar. Great job folks! These observations will be invaluable to us as we begin analyzing how genes and the environment control poplar phenology (think of this as "nature/nurture"), and how we can use satellite data to estimate poplar phenology (the timing of changes in plants) over large areas."

Do you have Quaking aspen or Balsam poplar trees where you live, work, or play? Participate in PopClock

EOL Memory Game with Project BudBurst Top 10 Plants

The Encyclopedia of Life recently developed an online memory game featuring the Project BudBurst Top 10 Plants. This game is great for anyone wanting to learn a little more about plants in a fun, interactive way. It's also a fun learning opportunity for students, both in the classroom and at home! Play the game


Project BudBurst is now a partner with ClimateChangeLIVE – a new distance learning adventure for students and teachers. The U.S. Forest Service, Prince William Network, and partners are making climate learning widely available through a series of webcasts, webinars, and other interesting online climate education resources. ClimateChangeLIVE offers many opportunities for students and teachers including electronic fieldtrips, student participation in online discussions, grant opportunities for classrooms, and webinars. The first webinar starts on Sept 27. Project BudBurst will be featured in the November 20, webinar. There is no cost to register or participate. Learn more about this exciting program designed to get students involved. Register with ClimateChangeLIVE and let the learning begin.


Project BudBurst was chosen by the SciStarter editors as a Top Ten Back-to-School citizen science program. In addition, the SciStarter editors have chosen Project BudBurst as a featured Middle School citizen science project. This recognition reflects the collective efforts of our dedicated community and staff. We are delighted that Project BudBurst was noted as having high quality educational resources. Learn more about how SciStarter is bringing together citizen science programs from around the world

American Scientist

The American Scientist featured an article in August 2013 about plant phenology and Project BudBurst. The article, written by Project BudBurst Co-Founders Sandra Henderson (NEON) and Kayri Havens (Chicago Botanic Garden), highlights the historic roots of plant phenology, recorded by naturalists and citizen scientists of centuries past. They also describe the growth of the six-year-old Project BudBurst program. Read the American Scientist Article