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Faculty Senate Environmental Committee Guide: NAVITARS Budburst Project

About Budburst

What We Do

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.

Become a pollinator observer!


  1. Create your Budburst account or login to sign up for the Nativars Project

  2. Plant your garden

  3. Hone your skills 

  4. Stay informed

  5. Submit your data!

Budburst Pollinators Categories

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,

Budburst-Nativars Data Collection Protocol & Data Sheet

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