Mammoth Cave Enlisting Help Of Visitors For Research

GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) -- Officials at Mammoth Cave National Park want visitors and those who live nearby to participate in a science project.

The park has partnered with a national initiative called Project Budburst that allows everyday people to record plant data. The data that's collected will be used to help determine how climate change affects plants.

Park staff told the Glasgow Daily Times (http://bit.ly/R13FOf) that they want to begin by learning about 10 different plant species: mayapple, Virginia bluebells, flowering dogwood, garlic mustard, eastern redbud, Virginia creeper, beefsteak plant, spicebush, tulip poplar and eastern serviceberry.

In order to participate, people must first go to the Project Budburst website -- http://budburst.org/parks/mcnp.php -- and download a form to record data. After making and recording observations, the data can be entered on the website.


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