Two students record observations for Project BudBurst--a citizens science group that collects data on the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting of plants. Thousands of volunteers from all 50 states have contributed data to Project Budburst. Data on the timing of seasonal events has contributed to our knowledge of the impacts of climate change.
Credit: Dennis Ward, Project BudBurst, National Ecological Observatory Network
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Three experts on citizen science discuss the importance and rapidly growing momentum of citizen science with reporters. These experts were 1) David Hanych, an NSF program director who manages many NSF-funded citizen science projects; 2) Sandra Henderson, a senior education specialist at NEON and director of NEON's Project BudBurst, an NSF-funded citizen science group that monitors plants as seasons change; and 3) Henry Reges, national coordinator of a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, which receives NSF funding.