Cool Things-Project BudBurst

 http://www.windows.ucar.edu/citizen_science/budburst/ (and yes, it helps if I give you the website, doesn’t it?)

Project BudBurst is “A National Phenology Network National Field Campaign for Citizen Scientists”.  Now,  who wouldn’t want to be a citizen scientist?  LOL!

Phenology is the study of plant and animal life cycles.  Basically what you are doing by participating is identifying, observing and reporting the different stages in the life cycles of local plant life. 

There are lots of lesson plans, identification guides, teacher guides, student activities and helpful data collection forms available to print. Some are even interactive! I printed off and read through some stuff last night and it seems pretty straight forward. 

We plan on observing our lilac bush and I was able to print off an ID sheet and  see examples of the different phenological phases. 

My kids love to do this sort of collaborative project!   In the past we have done Bucket Buddies (http://www.ciese.org/curriculum/bucketproj/), to Tomatosphere ( http://www.tomatosphere.org/)  and the Square of Life project (http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/squareproj/).  They are really looking forward to this!

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