A few posts back I mentioned phenology and how the study of dandelion bloom times can be used as a soil temperature indicator. However, at the time I could not find anything online relating to the actual study and recording of these observations on a larger scale.
Well, look what I found! Dandelion Watch, an Environment Canada initiative that is asking the public to watch, observe and record dandelion bloom times in their area. The collected data is then being used to track overall climate changes across Ontario. There are also a number of related Environment Canada watch initiatives to contribute to including: Plant Watch, and Worm Watch. Fascinating!