Be a Bud Biologist

We often think of spring as the season for new life. Birds migrate back to the north after winter, insects abound, and many seasonal plants begin to sprout new leaves, branches, or flowers. While some trees keep their foliage year-round, some are just growing new leaves for the summer months. Learn more about the two different types of trees from Naturalist Serina in this Coniferous vs. Deciduous Trees video:

Can you find coniferous and deciduous trees in your neighborhood? Spring is the perfect time to head outside and take a closer look at the plants of our backyard. If you look at the ends of branches and stems, you may be able to spot some buds. A bud indicates new growth on a plant or tree, and may become a flower, a new branch, or a leaf. Become a bud biologist and see if you can find all of the species in our Spring Bud Scavenger Hunt

Want to take a closer look? The timing of bud bursts can provide scientists with more information about climate change, bird behaviours, and more. Learn how to record data on plants in your own backyard in order to help answer some of the large questions about weather, seasons, and climate at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest’s Backyard Phenology page. 

Are you interested in identifying plant species? Try out one of these plant id apps to help you: PictureThis or PlantSnap

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Delayed opening today.

Seacoast Science Center will open at 11am today due to inclement weather.