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Citizen Scientists Watch Flowers for Clues About Climate


March 24, 2009

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The Chicago Botanic Garden is asking volunteers to participate in a nationwide initiative, known as Project Budburst, to track climate change by recording the timing of flowers and foliage.  The project started as a three-month pilot program in Chicago in 2007 and has amassed nearly 5000 observations from students, gardeners and other citizen scientists, to give researchers information about the response of plants to our changing climate. Full Story

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