Why should you join Budburst?
Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.
Catalogue the ecosystem around you.
Contribute to research efforts around the country.
It’s much more than simply taking a picture.
When you use the Budburst app, our interactive map will show you plants in your area that have been observed by others. When adding an observation, the app will suggest a species name for your photo using technology powered by iNaturalist. You can also track phenophases, document pollinators, and contribute to ongoing projects.
Each observation is its own unique chapter in a larger story.
The key to making observations with the Budburst app is time. By returning to your subjects over and over, you are able to make note of how they’re affected by many different factors, including weather, time of a day, new growth, and pollinator activity.
Collect data with other phenology fans!
Working as part of a team can make participation even more rewarding. Community scientists from all walks of life are encouraged to join a Group, or start their own, and begin contributing data that Budburst scientists can use to support important climate research.
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Budburst is a project of the
Chicago Botanic Garden
One of the treasures of the
Forest Preserves of Cook County