Training Sessions for Citizen Science: Enhancing Phenological Observations of Plants in Maine

Extension and Sea Grant to host trainings for citizen scientists

A group of dedicated community scientists gathered for a training session co-hosted by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to hone their skills in making phenological observations of common plants. The session was part of the Signs of the Seasons citizen science project, an initiative organized by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant.

The project aims to enlist the help of volunteers to monitor changes in over 20 indicator species in Maine, including rockweed, milkweed, loons, butterflies, and lilacs. During the training sessions, participants learn about phenology, the study of cyclic and seasonal changes in plants and animals. They are taught how to make scientific observations, practice those observations, and are equipped with the tools and knowledge to set up their own observation sites.

Workshops are scheduled in various locations across Maine in April and May, with an option for a three-part webinar series for those unable to attend in person. The data collected by volunteers through the Signs of the Seasons project helps build a detailed record of seasonal changes in Maine, which is valuable for scientists and resource managers studying the effects of climate change.

The workshops are free to attend but registration is required through the program website. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation

Leave a Reply