Summer Solstice Snapshot


Summertime! And everyone loves to be outside and in nature. Look closely at the plants around you: what stories are they telling you?  What plants are flowering? Which are fruiting or dropping seeds?  In the heat of summer it can feel as though everything slows down, but the plants around you are still changing. How are they adjusting to changes in climate?  Your observations help tell their story!  Scientists, researchers, and students benefit from your observations.  

Why a Summer Campaign?

Flowers, trees, grasses - plants are very active in the summer months.  And... so our we. 

During this time of summer vacations and visiting new places, take a look at the local plants.  What do you see?

Picking wild raspberries or blueberries?  Take note of flowering and fruiting!  Submit a phenology report.  

Having a 'stay-cation' this year?  Keep track of your backyard trees or native plants in your neighborhood! Report your phenology observations as the plants go through different life cycle stages. 

The data you submit during the summer months helps scientists track how plants respond to changes in climate over time... You can check too!  When were Rudbeckia blooming in your state last year?  Five years ago?  View the data!  

How to Report Your Summer Observations

Reporting on flowers, trees and grasses you see this summer is easy!  Follow these quick steps.  

  • Identify your Plant - Check the over 400 species on the Budburst Plant List .  But, even if your plant is not on our list, you can still submit a report!  
  • Log into your Budburst Account - submit your Phenology Observation using your handheld device or record your observations on a field report form (downloadable from your plant's webpage and the bottom of this project page) and post your findings later. 
  • Track your data - check your data from previous years in your Budburst Account, or view data from other observers using the Data menu.  Is this year's flowers or fruits appearing earlier or later than previous years? 

We invite you to track your plant over the entire growing season.  Submit phenology observations as you monitor your plant through multiple phenophase events, from bud burst to all leaves withered. If you missed the first few events, don't worry, the data you DO collect will be helpful!  

All observations are helpful in understanding how plants respond to changes in climate and atmosphere over time. 

Phenology Observation Forms

Wildflowers and Herbs - Phenology Observation Form

Deciduous Trees and Shrubs - Phenology Observation Form

Conifer Trees and Shrubs - Phenology Observation Form 

Broadleaf Evergreens - Phenology Observation Form

Grasses - Phenology Observation Form