Budburst projects allow community scientists to collect, archive, and freely share both long-term data to be used by the scientific community and short-term data pertaining to specific, time-bound research questions that we will analyze and report on.
Plants and animals have important relationships
Plants are the base of all ecosystems, the start of all food chains, and most animals would not survive without plants. This importance makes it necessary to better understand the interactions between plants and animals. Budburst collects data on pollinator visits to plants and other plant-animal interactions to help scientists assess plant-animal interactions especially in a changing climate.
Pollinators and Climate
How are pollinators being affected by climate change?
Help researchers understand how a changing climate is affecting pollinators by submitting observations to this project.Learn more
Milkweeds and Monarchs
Summer 2020-Fall 2025
Do monarch butterflies prefer to lay eggs on flowering or non-flowering milkweed stems?
Researchers are studying the relationship between milkweeds and monarchs more closely, and Budburst needs your help.Learn more
Spring 2018-Fall 2022
How do nativars differ from one another and from their parent species in phenology and pollinator attractiveness?
With a rise in concern about pollinator conservation, many people are asking if nativars support pollinators as well as natives in gardens. Help researchers find out.Learn more
Pollinators are amazing! Observing a native flower for 10 minutes, I become very conscious of the connection between plants and insects. The fact that my observations help scientists and land managers better respond to climate change rocks.Jean Bryan, PhD, former Budburst director
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Budburst is a project of the
Chicago Botanic Garden
One of the treasures of the
Forest Preserves of Cook County