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Citizen Science in Maine: Monitoring Changes Through Phenology Training Sessions

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 27, 2024
Extension and Sea Grant to host trainings for citizen scientists

In the coastal region of Maine, a team of community scientists recently gathered for a training session led by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and organized by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant. The Signs of the Seasons citizen science project is aimed at recruiting volunteers to monitor changes in over 20 indicator species in Maine, including milkweed, lilacs, butterflies, loons and rockweed.

During the workshops, participants are introduced to phenology – the scientific study of cyclic and seasonal changes in plants and animals. They learn how to make scientific observations, practice making those observations, and are equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to set up their own observation sites. Sessions take place 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 this project helps build a comprehensive record of seasonal changes in Maine, which is valuable for scientists and resource managers studying the effects of climate change. While the workshops are free to attend, registration is required through the program website. Those interested can contact Keri Kaczor or Beth Bisson via email or phone for more information or to request reasonable accommodations.

By Samantha Johnson

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