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Summer Time Pollination


Participate in this summertime challenge to observe pollinators

Climate change is altering the timing of flowering for many plants. This will have significant impacts on pollinators, who time their life cycles around the availability of their primary food resources - nectar and pollen from flowering plants. Help Budburst investigate how plant-pollinator relationships are changing during the hottest months of the year by participating in this challenge!

How to observe and report:

To make your observation report follow these simple steps: 

Log into your Budburst Account

Submit a pollinator observation using your handheld device or record your observations on a pollinator observation sheet 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 search page. Are there more pollinators on plants this summer than last year?

All observation reports are helpful in understanding how pollinators are responding to changes in climate and atmosphere over time.

The goal of this challenge is to collect at least 500 observations from around the country (that's only 10 per state!). Watch for updates and track observations as they are reported.

Do your part for our planet. Join Budburst today.

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