Why Watch Plants?
Canadians are fortunate to live in a country with a wide variety of plant species. By participating in PlantWatch, you can
learn more about our country's botanical diversity, while helping scientists track the effects of global warming and climate
change in Canada.
The plants chosen for this guide bloom every spring, largely in response to rising temperatures. However,
some species are flowering almost a month earlier than they were a century ago! Scientists believe climate change is affecting
blooming times - a trend that is continuing. They predict that the greatest increases in temperature will be in Western and
Northern Canada, while some parts of Eastern Canada actually may be cooling. By reporting on the PlantWatch species found in
your community, you can help researchers discover how common plants are responding to climate change - and track where changes
are taking place in Canada, and at what rate.