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Wanted: Citizen climate scientists (shared Nobel Prize not guaranteed)

Uncle Sam wants your observations of flowering and fruiting American plants. A new national ‘citizen science’ program is starting up in the US that asks volunteers to send in data on the seasonal cycles, or phenology, of local plants – information that researchers can use to track shifts caused by climate change and other factors. Animal-lovers can start contributing data next year. Running the effort is the USA-National Phenology Network, a consortium of universities, nonprofits, and government agencies – notably the US Geological Survey, who cover the new program on their latest podcast. Says the press release: Among other uses, 


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