Capturing the Signs of Seasons: Maine’s Citizen Science Project Training Sessions Start

Citizen Science Trainings to Be Hosted by Extension and Sea Grant

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant will be 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 take place on 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 the month of April and May. A full schedule of workshops can be found on the Signs of the Seasons webpage. Additionally, for those unable to attend in person, a 3-part webinar series is available.

During the workshops, participants will learn how to conduct 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 set up their own observation site to record changes in phenology. The goal of Signs of the Seasons is to enlist volunteers to identify and record changes in over 20 different indicator species, including rockweed, milkweed, loons, butterflies, and lilacs. These observations are critical 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 data is shared with 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, contact Keri Kaczor at keri.kaczor@maine

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