Citizen Science initiative in Brunswick Focuses on Understanding Seasonal Changes through Rockweed Observations

UMaine Extension and Sea Grant to Hold Citizen Science Trainings in April and May

A group of citizen scientists in Brunswick are learning about the phenology of rockweed through workshops hosted by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant. The Signs of the Seasons project aims to recruit volunteers to identify and record changes in indicator species such as rockweed, milkweed, loons, butterflies, and lilacs that are important for understanding Maine’s changing climate.

The first training session will take place on Thursday, April 4 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick. Additional workshops will be held in Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden, and Boothbay throughout April and May. A full schedule of workshops can be found on the extension.umaine.edu/signs-of-the-seasons website. For those unable to attend in person, a three-part webinar series is also available.

During the workshops, participants will learn how to make scientific observations of phenology and practice making observations. They will also gain the tools and knowledge needed to set up their own observation site. The data collected by volunteers will help build a detailed record of the region’s seasonal changes which is useful for collaborating scientists and resource managers.

The workshops are free of charge but registration on the program website is required. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation contact Keri Kaczor at keri

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