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Seasonal Signs: A Citizen Science Initiative to Track Maine’s Climate Change

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 28, 2024
Citizen Science Trainings to Be Hosted by Extension and Sea Grant

The Signs of the Seasons citizen science project is a collaborative initiative between the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant that aims to recruit volunteers to identify and record changes in over 20 different indicator species, including rockweed, milkweed, loons, butterflies, and lilacs. These observations are crucial for understanding Maine’s changing climate.

The first training session for individuals interested in participating in the project will be held on Thursday, April 4th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick. Additional workshops will take place 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.

During these workshops, participants 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.

For those unable to attend in person, a 3-part webinar series is available. 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.edu or Beth Bisson at beth.bisson@maine

By Samantha Johnson

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