Science in the Field: Enhancing Maine’s Climate Understanding with Citizen Science

Citizen Science Trainings to Be Hosted by Extension and Sea Grant

In April and May, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant will be hosting a series of in-person workshops for individuals interested in taking part in the Signs of the Seasons citizen science project. The first workshop is set for Thursday, April 4th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick. Additional sessions will be held in Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden, and Boothbay throughout the month. A full schedule can be found on the project’s website.

Those attending these workshops will learn how to make scientific observations of phenology – the study of cyclic and seasonal changes in plants and animals. They will practice making observations and leave with the tools and knowledge necessary to set up their own observation site to record changes in phenology. Signs of the Seasons aims to enlist volunteers to identify and document changes in over 20 different indicator species, including rockweed, milkweed, loons, butterflies, and lilacs. These observations are vital for understanding Maine’s changing climate.

Data collected by participants in Signs of the Seasons is used to create a detailed record of seasonal changes in the region. This data is shared with collaborating scientists and resource managers for further analysis. The workshops are free to attend; however, registration on the program website is required. For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Keri Kaczor at keri.kaczor@maine.edu or Beth Bisson at beth

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