Fall into Phenology
Join the campaign - Participating is Easy!
Celebrate the beauty of autumn by observing plants in your community with our Fall into Phenology campaign. During September and October take a moment and make an observation of plants as the seasons change. Participating is easy – just Observe, Record, and Submit.
New to the world of plant observing? No problem — check out our "What Path is Best for Me?" section in lower right corner of this page. Need help? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make an observation of a plant in your community.
Record your observation on a Single Report form.
Submit your observation on the MyBudBurst page.
Get Started - Download a Single Report form
Wildflowers and herbs are non-woody (herbaceous) plants that die back to the ground in the winter. Examples include California poppies, columbines, and black-eyed susans. Download Form
Deciduous trees and shrubs are woody plants that shed their leaves or needles in the winter. Examples include maples, chokecherries, and lilacs. Download Form
Conifers are woody trees and shrubs that produce cones, rather than flowers. Most conifers are also evergreen but some are deciduous. Examples of conifers include pines, spruces, and firs. Download Form
Evergreen trees and shrubs include both herbaceous and woody species that maintain green leaves or needles year round. Examples include mangroves, magnolias, and Live oaks. Download Form
Grasses are plants with long, linear leaves growing from the base of the plant. Most are in the grass family, but we also include plants like cattails and rushes, which are grass-like in appearance. Download Form
About Fall into Phenology
The Fall equinox, September 22nd, is a notable time of year because it marks the changing of the seasons. Although the Fall equinox is just one day, the annual Fall into Phenology campaign is much longer, from September 1st through October 31st, giving you plenty of time to observe the plants in your area during the event. Learn more about the campaign.
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Which path is best for me?
I don't know much about plants. Where do I begin?
No problem! We're here to help. We recommend that you find a plant that is in a convenient place for you, such as a street tree on the block where you live, a plant in your yard, at your workplace, schoolyard or in a nearby park.
Once you've located your plant, you'll need to identify it. Don't know what the plant is? Visit the "I need help identifying my plant!" section below.
If you know what your plant is already, visit the "I've identified my plant and am ready to make observations" section below.
I need help identifying my plant!
We can help with that too! Consult a plant field guide for your area OR
Take pictures of your plant (if possible, of the leaves, flowers, fruits, and/or bark (you won't always be able to see all of these features)
Bring or email your pictures to your local plant experts such as staff at a nursery, a local biology teacher, an Extension expert or botanical/native plant society for your state and ask them for help with identification.
Still stuck? Email your photos to email@example.com and we can try to help you as well!
Once you know what your plant is, read through the "I found a plant and know what it is" section below.
I've identified my plant and am ready to make observations!
Use the Search Tool on the Plants to Observe page to see if your plant is in our database. If it is, you can download custom Regular or Single Report forms from your plant's resource page. If it's not, you can download generic Regular or Single Report forms. Go to the Plants to Observe page