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Independent Research Projects with Pollinators

Students can gain experience planning, conducting, and presenting their own scientific investigations while contributing to an important data set investigating plant-animal interactions.

Student groups can consolidate their own data using a Budburst Group and/or utilize data submitted to our public database by other Budburst participants.

Students may choose to investigate questions such as:

  • How does flower morphology relate to the type of pollinator a plant attracts?

  • How does the timing of flowering relate to the type of pollinator a plant attracts?

  • Do taller plants attract more pollinators?

  • Do native and invasive plants have different levels of pollinator activity?

  • Do pollinators prefer native plants or their cultivated counterparts (nativars)? (see our Nativars project)

  • Do monarch butterflies prefer to lay their eggs on flowering or non-flowering plants? (see our Milkweeds & Monarchs Project)

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