Using Budburst

Being part of BioBlitz! OK means you will become a citizen scientist!  As a citizen scientist, you will contribute data to our BioBlitz! OK inventory through the iNaturalist and eBird.

You will use Budburst to submit observations of the Redbud life cycle.

The Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) was designated Oklahoma’s state tree in 1937 after Mamiee Lee Robinson Browne made it her mission to promote and protect this beautiful flowering tree.  Read more on the Oklahoma Historical Society webpage.

Budburst Project

About Budburst
What is Phenology
Redbud Observations
Observation Data Sheet

Getting Started

1. Create Your Budburst Account

Click the “Set Up Account” button below. You must be at least 13 years of age to create your own Budburst account.

2. Request to Join the Project

Send your Budburst user name and email address on the account to prill@ou.edu.

When your request has been approved click on the “Join Group” link in the invitation email.

3. Make Observations of Redbud trees

Take close up photographs of branches, buds, flowers, developing leaves, and developing fruits. We encourage you to take photos throughout the whole month of April so that we can see the change over time.  You can make observations of naturally growing Redbuds or trees planted in landscapes.

4. Submit Observations to Group

Budburst does not have an App.  You can use a web browser on your phone or upload your photographs to your computer.

On the website, log into your account, click the “Group” tab and choose Redbud Buddies 2021.  In the Group, click on the bright yellow-green button to Add Observation by uploading your photos.

Set Up Account
RedBud Buddies Group

Observing Redbuds

Our phenology observations will focus on Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Oklahoma’s state tree.   Our observations will include the life cycle events that we can see during the spring: leafing, flowering, and fruiting.  Here are detailed descriptions of these events: phenophases of trees.

We encourage BioBlitz! OK participants to record these life cycle events several times during the month of April.  This will help scientists better understand how weather, climate, habitat, and location affect plants.

Close up of Redbud flower buds