About the Lilac Project
Look, up in the air, it's a bird, a plane, no, it's a Lilac Blossom?
That's right Citizen Scientists, the Common Lilac - an unassuming superhero helping scientists working with USA-NPN to track seasonal changes across the country. Within this plant lies a sleeping giant, its powers waiting to be awakened by the keen observations of the citizen scientist. Now you too can join the effort observing the Lilacs in your own backyard - it's easy, free and makes a real difference!
From to the past, to the present, and into the future! Read more...
Plant to observe
Native to eastern Europe, the common lilac has migrated far and wide in the 500 years since Ottoman gardeners sent plants to their peers in Europe. In North America the lilac arrived in the 1700s and can now can be found growing wild from Arkansas to Hudson Bay and British Columbia to Nova Scotia.