Each month, the 7th and 8th grade classes spend time in the wooded area behind our playground. Each student has selected a tree to observe, and they then take and enter their observations into the Project Budburst website. As Project BudBurst participants, they will carefully observe the phenophases of their trees. Specifically, they are recording the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting phases of their trees. Students input their observations into the Project Budburst website and these become part of an ecological record.
The photographs will also be added to the iNaturalist website. Here other professional scientists and “lay scientists” can help identify the trees in their photos. When the identity has been confirmed by multiple users, the photos will be added to the Encyclopedia of Life database.