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Project BudBurst and the Service have developed a new online, citizen science course - "Intro to Citizen Science, Plant Phenology and Climate Change" - that will teach participants about the connections among plant phenology, climate change and conservation. The seven-week course (January 11 - February 26, 2016) is perfect for field staff, volunteers and Friends and includes selecting plants to monitor, participation in Project BudBurst, and submitting phenology observations. Citizen scientists who participate in Project BudBurst carefully observe the timing of leafing, flowering and fruiting of plants throughout the year. The data are used to learn more about how plant species respond to changes in climate locally, regionally and nationally.
The course is free to the first 20 people who register; cost is $35 for others. Project BudBurst is co-managed by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and the Chicago Botanic Garden. All course materials and instructions are available online.
To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Mike Carlo (571-289-1550, Michael_Carlo@fws.gov) in the National Wildlife Refuge System Branch of Visitor Services.