Citizen Science Trainings to Be Hosted by Extension and Sea Grant

Monitoring Maine’s Seasons: Joining the Signs of the Seasons Citizen Science Project with Free In-Person and Online Workshops

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant will be hosting a series of in-person workshops for individuals interested in joining the Signs of the Seasons citizen science project. These workshops will teach participants how to make scientific observations of phenology, which is the study of cyclic and seasonal changes in plants and animals.

During the training sessions, participants will learn how to identify and record changes in over 20 different indicator species, including rockweed, milkweed, loons, butterflies, and lilacs. They will also receive tools and knowledge necessary to set up their own observation site. These observations are critical for understanding Maine’s changing climate.

For those unable to attend in person, a 3-part webinar series is available online. The first workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 4th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick. Additional workshops will be held throughout April and May in Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden, and Boothbay. A full schedule of workshops can be found on the Signs of the Seasons webpage.

Data collected by volunteers participating in Signs of the Seasons is used to create a detailed record of the seasonal changes in the region. This data is made available to collaborating scientists and resource managers for further analysis. The workshops are free to attend but registration on the program website is required. For more information or to request reasonable accommodation contact Keri Kaczor at keri.kaczor@maine


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