Join the Citizen Science Movement: Maine’s Signs of the Seasons Workshops

Citizen Science Trainings to Be Hosted by Extension and Sea Grant

Maine Sea Grant and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension are hosting a series of in-person workshops for individuals interested in taking part in the Signs of the Seasons citizen science project. The first training session will be held on Thursday, April 4th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick. Further workshops will be held in Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden, and Boothbay throughout April and May. A complete schedule can be found on the Signs of the Seasons website. In addition to these in-person workshops, a 3-part webinar series is also available for those who cannot attend in person.

During the workshops, participants will learn how to make scientific observations of phenology, which is the study of cyclic and seasonal changes in plants and animals. They will practice making these observations and leave with the tools and knowledge necessary to establish their own observation site to record changes in phenology. The goal of Signs of the Seasons is to enlist volunteers to identify and document 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 data collected by volunteers participating in Signs of the Seasons is used to create a detailed record of seasonal changes in the region. This information is made available to 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

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