Today is the first day of Project Budburst for 2008. If you have native
plants growing in your yard or anywhere close enough to your daily
rounds that you can observe them every day, you might want to register
with the project and record your phenological observations along with
other "citizen scientists" across the country. The idea is to gather
quantities of data about budburst/first leaf and first flower for
certain targeted species (listed on the site http://www.budburst.org).
This data is being collected in order to track the effects of climate
Check out the website for more information and to register sites and
plants you would like to monitor.