Budburst citizen scientists work together with research scientists, educators, and horticulturists to answer specific, timely, and critical ecological research questions by making careful observations of the timing of plant life cycle events, also called phenophases. These life events differ depending upon the type of plant, but usually include leafing, flowering, and fruiting phases of plants as well as leaf color and senescence.
Images: 1.“Leafcutter bee (Megachile sp.) collecting leaves” Bob Peterson. CC BY-NC 2.0. 2.“Carpenter Bee thorax and wings“ Jwilk36 CC BY-SA 3.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0