Project Budburst is a network of people across the United States who monitor plants as the seasons change and submit ecological data based on the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting of plants. The goals of the project were to aid science education and to advance scientific knowledge. The project is simple and open to all, with a central database, straight-forward protocols, and all necessary materials and resources available online. To participate, volunteers choose a plant, observe it, and report a variety of data about it, noting the time of pheno phases such as first flower, first fruit, and all leaves withered. The unique location is tracked via a participant-chosen site name, latitude and longitude, and city and state. Volunteers can submit data via regular reports, in which they observe a plant throughout the seasons and note the timing of phenophases, and single reports, in which they send a one-time observation of a plant's status on a given day.
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