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Everything you need to know before you get out there and start observing.

Before you get too into the weeds—or flowers, shrubs, or trees—check out the links below for tips on making your first observation, insight into phenology and it’s history, a quick study on pollinators, and, finally, how groups and students can get involved.

Getting Started

Follow this easy-to-use guide on making your first observation, as well as how to compile and report your plant data.

  1. What is Phenology?

    Phenology is the study of the timing of the life-cycle events in plants and animals. But what does that mean for you?

  2. What are Pollinators?

    Pollinators are animals that move pollen between flowers and aid in fertilization. Learn how you can identify them—and save them.

  3. Group Participation

    Budburst Groups are great for classes, clubs, and other organizations to get in touch with the magic of nature together.

  4. Set-up for Students

    Bring real science into your classroom with Budburst. Our science curricula will introduce your students to phenology, pollinators, data collection, and more!

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