In case you’re tired of hearing my religious rants… (I am! Really, I don’t want to sound like PZ. As much as I love some of the stuff he has to say, and his ranting obviously gets him a lot of traffic, I do think he’s over the top with his generalizations and outbursts, and just a tad crankier than I am)…
For a change of pace, here’s something fun and not as nerdy as some of the other things we’ve discussed lately:
The folks at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research want you to help track global warming. It’s easy enough for kids to participate, so don’t feel like you can’t sign up if you’re not a scientist.
The program collects data from around the U.S. (sorry to those of you outside the 50 states), about when plants are budding and blooming in different areas. By tracking the dates of when plants come to life each spring, the scientists organizing the project hope to be able to compile “valuable environmental and climate change information around the United States.”
According to their website:
Project BudBurst is a national field campaign for citizen scientists designed to engage the public in the collection of important climate change data based on the timing of leafing and flowering of trees and flowers. BudBurst participants take careful observations of the phenological events such as the first bud burst, first leafing, first flower, and seed or fruit dispersal of a diversity of tree and flower species, including weeds and ornamentals. The citizen science observations and records are reported into the BudBurst data base.
Hey, and I think today is the first day of spring because it’s my birthday!