Monitoring Maine’s Changing Climate: A Citizen Science Workshop

Citizen Science Trainings to Be Hosted by Extension and Sea Grant

In an effort to promote citizen science, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant have organized a series of in-person workshops for individuals interested in participating in the Signs of the Seasons project. The first training session will take place on 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.

During these 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 observations and leave with the tools and knowledge necessary to set up their own observation site to record changes in phenology. Signs of the Seasons 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.

Those unable to attend in person can participate in a 3-part webinar series that is also available on the Signs of the Seasons website. 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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